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Horticulture HT1000 Course information
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Horticulture HT1000 Course information

Pre-learning questionnaire (HT1000I)

The pre-learning questionnaire should be completed and returned to your teacher before you begin work on any standards.

It is not a test but it is designed so that your teacher can find out the skills and knowledge you already have.

There is no set time to complete it but allow about an hour. If you can't answer a question, leave it and go onto the next question.

NCEA standards and assessment


HT1000 NCEA horticulture standards
Achievement standard (AS) or unit standard (US)Subject reference for agricultural and horticultural science  (AHS)AssessmentCreditsWorkbook code 
AS90918 AHS1.1 Carry out a practical agricultural or horticultural investigation. Internal 4 HT1011
AS90157 AHS1.2 Demonstrate practical skills used in agricultural or horticultural production. Internal 4 HT1021
AS90919 AHS1.3 Demonstrate knowledge of soil management practices. External 4 HT1031, HT1032, HT1033
AS90920 AHS1.4 Demonstrate knowledge of the geographic distribution of primary production in New Zealand. Internal 3 HT1041, HT1042
AS90160 AHS1.5 Demonstrate knowledge of the impact of primary production management practices on the environment. Internal 3 HT1051, HT1052, HT1053

AHS1.8 Design a landscape plan that reflects user requirements.
Modify landscape plans for selected environments.


AS90923 AHS1.9 Demonstrate knowledge of basic plant propagation techniques. Internal 4 HT1091, HT1092, HT1093
AS90924 AHS1.10 Demonstrate knowledge of horticultural plant management practices. External 5 HT1101, HT1102, HT1103


Note: If you are also studying agriculture level 1 you cannot be credited twice with any of the achievement standards 90157, 90919, 90920, and 90160 (AHS 1 2–AHS 1.5).

Awarding NCEA Standards

There are four possible results for both internally and externally assessed achievement standards.

Not achieved Achieved (three grades)
  • no credit (N)
  • achieved (A)
  • achieved with merit (M)
  • achieved with excellence(E)
These three grades carry the same number of credits.

Achievement standards can be awarded any of the grades. Unit standard results will either be achieved or not achieved.

Externally assessed standards

Externally assessed standards will be awarded from examinations conducted by NZQA late in term 4.

You will be able to complete Te Kura practice examination late in term 3. This will cover the externally assessed standards.

Internally assessed standards

Internally assessed standards are practical tasks that will be assessed by your teacher. These tasks are shrink-wrapped and inserted into the appropriate workbooks. You can complete these tasks any time you and your supervisor are ready. Follow the instructions carefully and send the completed tasks back to your teacher. Once your teacher has assessed your work they will send you a report for each internally assessed task.

Supervision of internally assessed tasks

Everything you submit for the internally assessed tasks must be your own work.

You may need to be supervised while carrying out part or all of an assessment.

The conditions box at the front of the assessment will explain the level of supervision required.

The cover sheet with each assessment must be signed by yourself and your supervisor to verify the work is your own.

If you are an adult student you must still have the cover sheet signed by another adult such as a neighbour, partner, friend or similar person, to verify that the work is your own.

Reassessment and appeals

If you do not get the grade you hoped for there may be an opportunity to be reassessed.

One reassessment may be available for each internal standard. If you do not achieve a particular standard or part of a standard contact your teacher about a reassessment.

You may wish to query an assessment result. You have one month from the time you receive your assessment results to make an appeal about the assessment. Contact your subject teacher to make an appeal.

Return all assessment activities to Te Kura whether you use them or not.


Ideally you should have access to a garden plot or large containers for planting. You may also need to supply some equipment and materials.

If you misplace a workbook or insert, contact your horticulture teacher for a replacement copy. If possible give the name and code of the item required to speed up the reordering process.

Practical work

Most of the workbooks have some practical activities. If you are a full time student or a fee paying student you may receive a box containing some materials. If you are enrolled at a local school get your equipment and materials from the school.

Note: If you live in New Zealand you will send in plant material and soil with some of your activities.

Overseas students DO NOT SEND ANY PLANT MATERIAL OR SOIL into New Zealand. TAKE PHOTOS instead to email or post to your teacher.

Students working in their vegetable gardens.
Students working in their vegetable gardens.

How to do the work

Plan a regular time to study. Some people learn best with frequent short sessions of study. Others do better with fewer but longer sessions. Have a plan or timetable and keep to it.

This student has a well organised area
This student has a well organised study area.

The workbooks are for you to write in. You write your answers in the spaces provided. When you have completed a workbook send it to your teacher who will record your progress and assess any teacher-marked work.

There are activities for you to do in every lesson. Some activities need you to mark your answer by comparing it with the answers in the answer guide near the back of the workbook. Do this carefully.

You may need to re-do an activity to see why your answer is different from that in the answer guide. Add in any corrections you make in a different coloured pen.

Most lessons end with a list of key points. These are useful for revision.

Send each workbook to your teacher as you complete it. It's a mistake to do several and send them in as a batch. You need regular feedback to check everything is going well and it will allow your teacher to keep you supplied with resources.

If you have questions about any part of the HT1000 Horticulture course, contact your subject teacher by phone, fax or email. Make sure you give your name, ID number, workbook code, the lesson number and activity you want to talk about.

Contact details

If you need help with your schoolwork, get in touch with your teacher by:




Your teacher's name
Your teacher's region
Te Aho o Te Kura Pounamu
Private Bag 39992
Wellington Mail Centre
Lower Hutt 5045


Teacher's firstname.surname@tekura.school.nz

Remember to include your ID number, name and the details of the workbook, question or activity when contacting your teacher.

Practical skills