Course Information

Where is the course delivered?

  • Cannington campus

Who is the course for?

This course is ideal for anyone who has an interest in gaining practical skills and developing knowledge in horticulture, arboriculture, land & wildlife and fisheries.

This course is a nationally recognised qualification and would support your application to progress onto a Level 2 vocational qualification.

What does the course involve?

This course involves classroom-based and practical work with ‘hands on’ experience in a variety of land-based industries. You will complete a number of different units which cover the range of practical skills and knowledge required to work in the land and environment industries.

Units of study could include:

  • Working safely and working in a team
  • Maintaining equipment
  • Lawn care
  • Planting and establishing plants
  • Tree planting and aftercare
  • Fish and the aquatic environment
  • Tractor preparation and driving

These units will provide a framework within which you will develop an excellent range of practical skills across the subject areas.

What makes this course special?

The practical experience you gain in a variety of industries is designed to either support you in gaining employment at a junior level or progress onto a further vocational qualification. The practical delivery compliments the theory sessions and develops your technical knowledge whilst you develop your English, Maths and IT skills.


There is the possibility to take part in a number of half day/day visits, which will allow you to experience some of the real life applications you have been learning about and to develop your team work and cooperative skills whilst having a great time.

These may include trips to:

  • Woodlands and forestry shows
  • Parks and gardens
  • Nature reserves
  • Public aquariums

Placements/Work Placements

Although not an assessed unit, we believe relevant work experience is important to your understanding and skills development. If you wish to organise a placement, it would not only benefit and compliment your studies, but also develop the essential communication skills needed for future employment.

Entry Requirements

You need GCSEs in the D to G or 3 to 1 range, or other equivalent qualification. A genuine interest in the land and environment, and a willingness to learn is vital. You will be invited to attend an interview to assess your suitability for the course.

If you do not meet these entry requirements please see our Entry Level Programmes.

What are the assessment methods?

Assessment is based on a portfolio of evidence that includes written assignments, practical assessments and an externally marked online assessment.

How long is the course?

One year

What are the College attendance requirements?

You will spend 15 hours a week at College.

What are the progression options?

On successful completion of the course, you will be equipped with the knowledge and skills to move into employment at a practical level or progress to full- or part-time programmes such as a Level 2 Technical Certificate or Level 2 Apprenticeship (work-based learning).

Further Information