Introduction to Soil Science

Course code HOR301

Please note this course is only available to students completing NZ2677 New Zealand Certificate in Horticulture (General) (Level 3).

If you were not enrolled in NZ2677 prior to it closing to new enrolments you are not eligible to enrol in this course. 

New students can enrol in our new Horticulture programme: OP3306  Certificate of Achievement in Environmental Management of Plants and Soils (Level 3)

 Introduction to soil science

This course aims to provide you with a basic understanding of New Zealand soil properties and sustainable soil management techniques.

For more information watch the course introduction video below.

Fee free offer

Courses offered under the New Zealand Certificate in Horticulture (General) (Level 3) are currently fee free. Check out the Fee free offer tab on the qualification web page for information.

How to enrol

Before enrolling in this course you need to:

  • Choose the qualification you will study the course under. See the Work towards tab below for qualification options.
  • Check the order that courses in the qualification should be studied in the Qualification Structure table. This is in the Choose courses tab on the qualification page.
  • Level 3  
    Credits 15 
  • Study type Open  
    EFTS 0.125  
  • Availability
    2018 :  
    This course will start on the first Monday of the month you select for enrolment.
  • Delivery type
    2018 :  
    Online only
  • Workload

    All our open courses have a credit value. For each credit, allow about 10 hours of study. Your workload may be higher around assessment due dates.

  • Fees
    2018 :  
    NZ students $0 + $60 annual administration fee
    International students N/A + $60 annual administration fee
  • Prerequisites Check entry and other requirements under the qualification you are studying  

Students who successfully complete this online course will be able to

  • Demonstrate knowledge of soils and fertilisers
  • Demonstrate knowledge of soil properties and their effect on plant growth


This course is 100% internally assessed

Other requirements

Your course is delivered 100% online. To complete this course you will need access to a computer or device, broadband internet and a data plan able to support online learning such as streaming of videos (including YouTube), downloading content and submitting online assessments. If you are unsure if your current computer/device or internet access allows you to complete your online learning with us, please contact us before applying to enrol. 

You will require a camera for this course.