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.
1 year, 4 or 5 days a week plus work experience.
- 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
Students will be assessed throughout the course using written assignments and practical assessments.
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.
Life experiences will be taken into account when considering applications.
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.
- 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.