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 at a supervisory level or above 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.

People who are keen on working outdoors and working with plants but who may also enjoy science, technology and working with people.

Those progressing from a Level 2 Intermediate Apprenticeship in Horticulture, or with industry experience, who would like to continue with or further their education whilst in employment.

What does the course involve?

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

  • Plant nomenclature, terminology and identification
  • Monitor landscape maintenance and inspect landscape features and facilities
  • Set and mark out landscape sites to establish grassed and planted areas
  • Establish planted areas
  • Maintain irrigation systems
  • Plan and collect propagation material
  • Prepare for and maintain equipment and machines
  • Safe use and application of pesticides
  • Organise the delivery of reliable customer service
  • Repair and restore walls
  • Provide nutrients to plants or crops

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?

  • Apprentices in horticulture lead exciting and varied working lives and are in high demand
  • Horticulture in England alone employs almost 860,000 people with even more workers needed in the next few years to plug a skills gap across virtually all horticulture sectors
  • All training is bespoke and tailored to meet the requirements of both the learner and employer
  • Additional qualifications at 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
  • The hands-on nature of the training gives candidates a unique opportunity to gain real experience in managing a construction project from beginning to end. This requires the cooperation of their line manager

Entry Requirements

  • GCSEs in the A* – C or 9 - 4 range
  • Succesful interview
  • Complete an initial assessment in English and Maths

Mature students are 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 24 months.

What are the progression options?

  • Supervisory or higher level employment within the industry
  • Level 4 HNC and Level 5 HND qualifications in Horticulture at the Cannington Centre

Further Information