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Level 2 Diploma in Horticulture

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

Introducing students to working with plants and in landscape gardening. This course provides a useful background to the horticultural industry and demonstrates the variety of different career paths that exist. You will benefit from a range of theory and practical lessons in, for example, hard landscaping, planting and plant protection. You will gain an understanding of the importance of amenity horticulture and be qualified to help in the production and maintenance of plants in nurseries and gardens.

Course Duration:

Full Time

College Attendance:

1 year, 4 or 5 days a week plus work experience.

Campus

Hadlow Campus

Course Content:

  • Construct landscape foundations and surfaces
  • Establish and maintain plants outdoors
  • Introduction to plant nomenclature terminology and identification
  • Participate in propagation techniques
  • Understand the basic principles of plant science
  • Understand the basic principles of soil science
  • Introduction to plant selection
  • Work-related experience in horticulture
  • Functional skills/GCSE – English and Mathematics

Assessment Method:

Students will be assessed throughout the course using written assignments and practical assessments.

Entry Requirements:

Minimum of 4 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 equivalent.

Additional Experience:

Life experiences will be taken into account when considering applications.

Progression Routes:

Successful students can progress onto a workbased qualification, Apprenticeship or the Level 3 Diploma. Alternatively they may gain employment in the 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 Experiences:

Students benefit from a variety of field trips throughout the course. These typically include visits to nurseries and gardens, enabling students to gain an insight into the horticultural sector.

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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