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Level 1 Qualification in Land-Based Studies (Horticulture)

Horticulture and Garden Design
Horticulture and Garden Design
Horticulture and Garden Design

This course has a high practical element and is delivered
making use of the excellent Horticultural resources.
Students are able to access a range of additional
learning support, based on need. A range of
employability skills will be developed whilst on the
course including practical skills, communication, and
land-based specific knowledge, and development of
ICT skills.
The course is well supported through the use of
virtual learning resources. Students will also get the
opportunity to carry out a work placement block week
in Broadview gardens and Court lane.
On this one year course that encompasses various
land-based subjects, students will study a range of
units to develop specific skills and knowledge.

Course Duration:

Full Time

College Attendance:

1 year, full-time


Hadlow Campus

Course Content:

The following are examples of some of the topics
students can expect to study within the course:

• Safe and effective working practices
• Develop performance in land-based industries
• Work experience and employability skills
• Transportation and maintenance of equipment and supplies
• Maintenance of structures and surfaces
• Planting and establishing plants
• Carry out tractor operations
• Functional skills/GCSE - English and maths

You will need a minimum of two GCSEs at D-E / 3-2
Grade or equivalent (Entry level 3).
You should also have a keen interest in the subject and
demonstrate a commitment to the curriculum area.

Steal toe capped waterproof boots, secateurs and
appropriate outdoor all weather clothing.

Assessment is through a range of styles including
practical assessments, photographic and video
evidence logs, workbooks and written assignments.

Once completed students can progress onto a Level
2 qualification in Horticulture or gain employment in a
range of industry careers.

Available Clothing

Horticulture Hooded Top

Horticulture Polo Shirt (Purple)


Extensive glasshouse facilities
Field nursery stock production
Computer controlled environmental and irrigation systems
Fruit and container production units
Plant propagation centre
Fully equipped landscape training centre
Demonstration garden for leading national retailers
Fully labelled plant collection throughout the College grounds
10 acres of landscaped gardens and two National Collections within Broadview Gardens
Fully commercial garden centre


Typical Employers

Local authorities, nurseries, garden centres, publicly and privately owned gardens, commercial landscaping companies.

Industry Links

Students benefit from a wide range of links with commercial nurseries, research institutes, organic producers, public and privately owned gardens as well as exposure to the retail world through our onsite garden centre. The College is also a member of the Royal Horticultural Society; NCCPG and the Hardy Plant Society.

Please note that all programme specifications and course modules are subject to annual change.

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