Course Information

Where is the course delivered?

  • Cannington Centre

Who is the course for?

Anyone who would like to acquire the knowledge, skills and understanding to work in the horticultural industry and to study through work-based learning.

Those who are interested in working in, or are already employed in; landscape gardening, parks, gardens and greenspaces, production horticulture, garden centres, nurseries and cemeteries.

This course is ideal for those who enjoy practical work in stimulating environments and like working outdoors.

What does the course involve?

A range of horticultural tasks dependant on the sector of choice and the options chosen. These could include:

  • Production horticulture
  • Establishing decorative amenity areas
  • Turf establishment and maintenance
  • Identification of weeds, pests and diseases
  • Plant protection
  • Horticultural machinery
  • Health and safety and legislation
  • Identification and use of plants
  • Decorative horticulture
  • Hard landscaping
  • Garden centre operations
  • Plant establishment and maintenance

All training is delivered in the workplace where comprehensive instruction be will received, designed to equip learners to be able to carry out relevant real-life horticultural tasks. Learners will be visited regularly by a dedicated, qualified trainer/assessor to assist and advise and to monitor and record progression.

What makes this course special?

  • All training is bespoke and tailored to meet the requirements of both the learner and employer
  • Additional qualifications at heavily discounted rates
  • Excellent industry specialist staff
  • Industry vacancies and excellent progression opportunities
  • Links with local companies with a wide range of employment opportunities
  • Outstanding onsite resources including The Walled Gardens of Cannington and The Learning Resource Centre

Entry Requirements

  • GCSEs in the A* – E or 9 - 3 range
  • Successful interview
  • Initial assessment

Mature students welcome to apply. Help can be provided to assist in finding an employer.

What are the assessment methods?

  • Practical assessments throughout the course in the workplace
  • Students compile a portfolio of evidence to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding
  • E-portfolios for easy access to resources and for uploading and storing evidence including photographs and videos

How long is the course?

Up to 18 months.

What are the progression options?

  • Supervisory level employment within the industry
  • Level 3 (Advanced Apprenticeship)
  • Advanced Apprentices may progress to higher level employment. Some apprentices go on to study Level 4 and Level 5 qualifications in Horticulture at the Cannington Centre

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