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Level 1 Diploma in Land-Based Studies (Horticulture)

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

This highly practical course is an ideal starting point for those students who have few formal qualifications and want to make a career in horticulture. You will be introduced to plants, learn how to identify a number of them and be shown the correct way to care for them. As part of the course you will be expected to grow plants from seed, take cuttings and look after them whilst they develop.




Course Duration:

Full Time

College Attendance:

1 year, 4 days a week.




Campus

Hadlow Campus

Course Content:

  • Safe and effective work practices in land based industries
  • Develop performance in land based industries
  • Identify plants
  • Contribute to the
    • maintenance of plants
    • establishment of plants
    • propagation of plants
  • Establish and maintain lawns
  • Functional skills/GCSE - English and Maths

Assessment Method:

Short multiple choice examinations, plus a portfolio of evidence, will be marked by an external examiner.

Entry Requirements:

Minimum of 2 GCSEs at D - E / 3 – 2 Grade or equivalent (Entry level 3)

Additional Experience:

Life experiences and subject interest will be taken into account when considering applications.

Progression Routes:

Successful students can further enhance their skills by enrolling onto the Level 2 Diploma in Horticulture or, should they wish to, progress straight into the horticultural industry.

Additional Learning Opportunities:

Students may have the opportunity to undertake additional short qualifications as part of their course. These are designed to support future careers.

Additional Industry Experience:

Students benefit from a variety of field trips throughout the programme. These typically include study tours to nurseries and gardens.

Specialist Equipment Needed

In addition to standard college equipment, students will need steel toe-capped boots, wellington boots, waterproof clothing, secateurs and horticultural livery.

Available Clothing

Horticulture Hooded Top

Horticulture Polo Shirt (Lavender)

Horticulture Polo Shirt (Purple)

Horticulture Rugby Shirt

Resources

  • 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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