Who is the course for?
This study programme offers a comprehensive introduction to a professional career in horticulture. The practical elements cover about 40% of the course and the theoretical elements about 60%. Examples of subjects taught are Plant Identification, Lawn Care, Plant Health, Garden Machinery, Plant and Soil Science. The depth of this knowledge will allow candidates to access employment in the sector or to progress onto a degree course as this qualification is fully equivalent to A-levels.
Do I need any formal qualifications?
Candidates would be expected to have at least 4 GCSEs at grade 4 (old grade C) or above, ideally including maths, English and science. Alternatively, a suitable Level 2 vocational qualification at Merit or above and maths and English at Level 2. Applications will also be considered from those with relevant experience. Mature students will be considered on their experience and skills.
What will I study on the course?
Your study will include: Identification, selection and use of ornamental plants, maintaining turf in parks and gardens, plant and soil science, land based machinery operations and Principles of plant health and protection.