This course is designed to allow students interested in
a career in the rural sector to develop the confidence,
ability and skills they need whilst studying or working.
The College’s excellent land-based facilities ensure
our students develop good vocationally practical
and employability skills. The course will make use of
Broadview Gardens and the Court lane site, where
new gardens are being implemented.
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
The following are examples of some of the topics
students can expect to study within the course:
• Establish and maintain plants outdoors
• Understand the basic principles of plant science
• Understand the basic principles of soil science
• Work experience
• Construct landscape foundations and surfaces
• Introduction to plant selection
• Introduction to plant nomenclature terminology and identification
• Participate in propagation techniques
• Functional skills/GCSE - English and maths
You will need a minimum of four GCSEs C-D / 4-3
Grade or equivalent (Level 1 Diploma), which must
include GCSE in English OR maths A-D / 9-3 Grade or
SPECIALIST EQUIPMENT NEEDED
Steal toe capped waterproof boots, secateurs,
appropriate outdoor all weather clothing and Hadlow
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 3
qualification in Horticulture or gain employment in
a range of industry careers.
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
Local authorities, nurseries, garden centres, publicly and privately owned gardens, commercial landscaping companies.
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.