Undergraduate & honours qualifications

Diploma in Ornamental Horticulture

The information on this page is for the 2019 academic year. Updated information for the 2020 academic year will be available before the start of the 2020 registration period.

Qualification stream: Ornamental Horticulture (Extended Programme)
Qualification code: 98025 - XOH
NQF level: 6
Total credits: 360
SAQA ID: 83107
APS/AS: 18
In this qualification, registration is restricted to 60 credits in the first and second levels. Students are strongly recommended to complete all the entire first level, followed by all the second level modules, before proceeding to register for the third or fourth level modules. Practical work and work integrated learning form an integral part of this qualification. Due to module code changes, HOR2603 is replaced by HOR1604 and HOR1601 is replaced by HOR2605. If you have successfully completed HOR1601and HOR2603, please do not register for HOR2605 and HOR1604 respectively.
Purpose statement:
Qualifying students will be able to apply ornamental horticultural technologies and strategies in the green industry in a way that will be environmentally sustainable. They will be able to propagate and utilise plants, and to plan and implement a landscape design. To ensure that these goals are achieved efficiently, qualifying students will also be able to apply basic managerial skills in a horticultural enterprise. The qualification aims to contribute to the green industry by developing horticultural professionals and managers and so enhance the effectiveness and the competitiveness of the industry. It also aims to support the discipline of Horticulture by providing the academic foundation for possible future research in the field. The qualification strives to promote environmental awareness and a commitment to environmental sustainability, as well as the recognition that plants, with their various functional and aesthetic uses, have the ability to improve quality of life. It further aims to advance social and economic transformation by providing accessible opportunities for individual, career and entrepreneurial development to people from all social and cultural groups.
This qualification will be presented using both online and distance learning modes.

Who can register?

  • Applicants may only register once they have received confirmation from Unisa that their application for admission has been accepted. Unisa reserves the right to not process and / or to cancel your registration if it is found that you were incorrectly admitted to a qualification.
  • Re-registering students may register for the 2019 academic year once the registration period opens.

Please note:

  • Should you wish to start a new qualification, please apply for the alternative qualification during the next application period.
  • All communication sent to you after the initial study package (with the exception of study guides) will be sent electronically to your myLife e-mail account (eg follow-up tutorial letters, examination timetables and results, financial statements). You will no longer receive such communication in printed format.

How to choose your modules

Each Unisa qualification is structured in such a way that you need to pass a certain number of modules and NQF level credits within a certain amount of time in order to graduate. You must pass a minimum number of credits / modules annually so that you are able to re-register and continue with your qualification:

  • At least 36 NQF credits (3 modules of 12 credits each) in your first year of study.
  • At least 48 NQF credits (4 modules of 12 credits each) in your second or further years of study.

You may not register for more than the allowed maximum number of credits / modules per semester:

  • At least 60 NQF credits (5 modules of 12 credits each) in a semester.
  • At least 120 NQF credits (10 modules of 12 credits each) per year for year modules.

The maximum number of credits do not include supplementary and / or aegrotat examinations from a previous semester. Modules taken for non-degree / non-diploma purposes also count towards the maximum number of credits allowed.

You must take your available time into consideration when choosing your modules, as this will impact your academic performance. You need approximately

  • 6 to 8 hours per week for semester modules.
  • 4 to 6 hours per week for year modules.

Click here for more information on managing your studies.

Curriculum for this qualification

As you are deciding on the modules you will be registering for, remember to write down the module names and codes so that you have something that you can refer to when completing your registration.

First level

Second level

Module Pre-requisite/Co-requisite/Recommendation
Group A. Compulsory
HOR1504 - Horticulture Practical I
HOR1604 - Horticultural Mechanisation I
XDS1501 - Landscape Maintenance (Extended) ) Pre-requisite:XOR1501 or XEC1501 or XSC1501 or XSO1501
XMS1501 - Ornamental Plant Use I (Extended) Pre-requisite:XOR1501 (or HOR1501) or XEC1501 (or CEC1501) or XSC1501 (or SSC1501) or XSO1501 (or PSO1501)
XOR1503 - Plant Growing and Care (Extended) Pre-requisite:XEC1501 or XSC1501 or XSO1501 or XOR1501

Third level

Module Pre-requisite/Co-requisite/Recommendation
Group A. Compulsory
EMG2601 - Horticultural Resource Management I
ENS2602 - Environmental Studies I Pre-requisite:CEC1501 (or XEC1501)
HOR2601 - Nursery Design and Layout Pre-requisite:HOR141Z or [HOR1501 (or XOR1501) applicable to 98025 only]
HOR2602 - Plant Growth Structures Pre-requisite:HOR1501 (or XOR1501) & HOR1503 (or XOR1503)
HOR2604 - Horticulture Practical II Pre-requisite:HOR1504
HOR2605 - Horticulture Practice I (WIL)
LDS2601 - Introductory Landscape Design Techniques Pre-requisite:LDS1501 (or XDS1501)
PMS2601 - Ornamental Plant Use II Pre-requisite:PMS131X or [PMS1501 (or XMS1501) applicable to 98025 only]
PMS2602 - Ornamental Plant Use III Pre-requisite:PMS2601( or XMS1501)
PSO2601 - Plant Studies II Pre-requisite:PSO1501 (or XSO1501)

Fourth level