Course Information

Where is the course delivered?

  • Cannington Centre

Who is the course for?

This is an ideal entry qualification for people wishing to gain an understanding of the basic principles and practices of horticulture with a view to ultimately gaining employment in the horticultural industry. This course offers an exciting opportunity to develop core Horticultural practical skills. 

What does the course involve?

The course is divided into a number of units, which include:

  • Care, Maintenance and Use of Tools, Equipment and Machinery: A practical unit which allows the learners to use and maintain a range of tools, equipment and machinery including lawnmowers, hedgetrimmers and rotovators.
  • Preparation, Planting and Maintenance of Plants: A practical unit which develops the knowledge and skills in preparing soils, potting & planting and maintaining plants.
  • Plant Naming, Identification, Selection and Science: This unit develops the basic knowledge and skills to identify plants, which incorporates aspects of plant science.
  • Working in the Horticulture Industry: A key unit in developing the knowledge of the Horticultural industry and particularly how it is organised and the professional standards for those working in it. 
  • Health and Safety: This unit offers an opportunity to develop knowledge of legislation, risk assessments, first aid and handling equipment.
  • Horticulture Business Practices: Gain an understanding of business practices including preparing quotes & invoices, communication methods and retail skills.
  • Production Techniques in Horticulture: A largely practical unit which covers a wide range of horticulture skills including; Propagation, crop production, technology & controlling weeds, pests and diseases.

 This course is delivered through classroom-based lessons, practical sessions and tutorials.

What makes this course special?

  • The practical elements of the course are delivered in the atmospheric setting of the ancient Walled Gardens of Cannington
  • Course tutors and lecturers are all professional practitioners and students are encouraged to participate in building show gardens at other local and national gardening shows
  • Students carry out duties in the College grounds to enhance practical skills taught in classes
  • The opportunity to develop your skills through a minimum of 150 hours of work experience

Placements/Work Placements

  • An excellent opportunity for students to explore a specific area of horticulture which is of interest to them.
  • 150 hours over the duration of the course
  • Normally placements are carried out for one day per week and there is also the opportunity for a block placement in the Autumn term
  • Students will be supported in finding their placement, but we would encourage students to seek a provider independently in the first instance
  • National Trust Gardens, landscaping companies, public gardens

Entry Requirements

  • You will need at least four GCSEs in the C – E or 4 - 3 range including GCSE English & Maths, or an appropriate level 1 qualification.
  • Entry will also be subject to a successful interview

What are the assessment methods?

  • Multiple Choice Exams
  • Practical assessments
  • Written assignments
  • Presentations
  • Projects

How long is the course?

  • One Year
  • One week's block work experience placement in the Autumn Term. 

What are the College attendance requirements?

  • 16 hours per week over 36 weeks
  • Recommended 6-8 hours per week should be spent on self-directed study
  • Recommended 1 day per week to complete the minimum 150 hours work experience (over course of the year)

Are there any additional costs for the course?

  • Clothing appropriate for practical work including steel toe capped boots, overalls, gloves & waterproof jacket £70 - 100
  • Secateurs £15 - 20
  • Field trips £40

What are the progression options?

Progression to:

  • Level 3 Advanced Technical Extended Diploma in Horticulture

Employment within

    • Landscape gardening
    • Local authority parks department
    • Private Gardens
    • Plant Nurseries
    • Commercial Growers

Awarding Body

City & Guilds

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