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Getting started with... Botany

A germinating seed on soil - a shoot is emerging from a seed

Image: U.S. Department of Agriculture CC BY 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons

Ever wondered about the amazing diversity of plants out there or what exactly is going on within a plant? This fully online course is a comprehensive introduction to botany and how plants work. The course is self-guided with tutor support through 9 units and is an ideal grounding for many of our certificated courses.

What does the course cover?

The topics covered are plant diversity, seeds, plant processes, roots and stems, leaves, plant reproduction (flowers & fruits) and botanical classification. The course also covers tips on plant identification and an introduction to the investigative skills a botanist requires. Please be aware that much of the content of this course is covered in Unit 1 of RHS Level 2, "Plant classification, structure, and function". This botany course has more practical activities compared with the more theoretical RHS Level 2 course, however there is a lot of crossover. Please be aware of this if you are thinking of going on to study the RHS level 2 course.

When can I start?

You can apply for this course anytime. Your enrolment will begin on the Wednesday after your payment has been processed.

What is the format of the course?

The course consists of a welcome activity and 9 topics which you can work through at your own pace. We recommend about 20 hours to complete this course e.g. 2 hrs per week for 10 weeks.  Alongside online resources and activities, there will be interesting practical tasks to complete. You will have access to the course for 6 months so you will have plenty of time to refer back to the course if you wish to.

Do I need any prior knowledge of botany?

No, this is a beginners' course!

How much does the course cost?

This course costs £80 (6 months access).

What support will I get?

Online technical and tutor support will be available via the discussion forums in the course.

What do I need?

We recommend that you purchase a hand lens and wildflower key (we recommend Pocket Guide to Wildflower Families by Faith Anstey) if you don't already have one. You will also need seeds to dissect and sow. A good selection would be broad bean, French bean or pea, sweetcorn, onion.

You will need a computer with reliable online access with a connection capable of streaming videos and downloading documents. Most resources will be compatible with a tablet. An up-to-date browser is the main piece of software you will need along with a PDF viewer e.g. Adobe Reader will be required for viewing notes.

To brush up on any computer skills please use the Digital Skills Check. This will help you to make the most of your online course.

This course will involve navigating around web-pages, viewing resources, viewing videos, participating in online forums and uploading photographs. Help is always at hand from our PropaGate Learning Team and from your tutor!

At the moment, due to the COVID 19 virus, you may find it more difficult to find some of the items we suggest. Don't let this put you off. Enjoy the parts of the course you can do now, and come back to the rest later.

How do I apply?

Please apply using the form below. You will be sent a payment link once your application has been received. Your log-in details will then be sent to you.

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