Formerly known as an NVQ, and taking place in the workplace at a suitable time arranged with your assessor, this course is aimed at students who are already working in the amenity horticulture industry within the parks or greenspaces sector. Complementing your existing experience with a mix of theory and practical training, by the end of the course you will have gained a solid foundation of how to maintain turf and identify disorders.
- Monitoring and maintaining health and safety
- Maintain and develop personal performance
- Establish and maintain effective working relationships with others
- Preparing ground for seeding and planting
- Establishing plants and/or seeds in soil
- Identify the health and maintain the condition of general amenity turf
- Plant nomenclature, terminology and identification
Plus optional units relevant to the industry within which the candidate works.
Diploma: Portfolio of evidence and practical assessment.
Intermediate apprenticeship: portfolio of evidence, practical assessment and underpinning knowledge test
Students must be employed or in a one year work placement within the industry.
Successful students can progress their career with their employer.
After leaving school I enrolled at my local college studying construction crafts. I achieved my First Diploma in Construction and National Certificate in Construction whilst working for a small garden maintenance firm. I enjoyed it so much that I decided gardening was the path I wanted to take. Once I’d gained my apprenticeship at Canterbury Cathedral, it was clear that this was the right course for me. It fits with my duties at the Cathedral and allows me to develop my knowledge at the same time. The fact that it was with Hadlow College – a leading college in the sector with an excellent reputation – also helped. The help and advice I receive from the staff at the College makes it a great place to study. Putting down on paper what I do, really lets you see the variety and depth of my day-to-day role. Ultimately, once I’ve finished the course I’d like to continue working at Canterbury Cathedral and then maybe move onto a heritage site in Cornwall. My advice to all future students is to choose the correct course and complete it; a couple of years hard work will pay off in the future.
We offer intermediate apprenticeships, advanced apprenticeships and fee-paying routes into agriculture and horticulture. These qualifications, whch are recongised by Lantra, can be tailored to suit the employer and their needs. Apprenticeships are available to students in suitable employment who are aged between 16-18 years old (fully funded) or 19-24 years old (with an employer contribution towards the cost of tuition).
Please note that all programme specifications and course modules are subject to annual change.