• 98%

    of our students have progressed to a positive destination.

    Sunderland College destination data, 16-18 year olds, 2017/18 academic year.

  • 93%

    of our students agreed that the teaching on their course is good.

    Sunderland College On-programme Survey 2018

  • Free meals

    Eligible students may be entitled to bursaries and free meals.

Start Date:Duration:Level:Study mode:Course location:Course Type:
29/11/20201 Year3Full-TimeKirkley Hall CampusFull-time Vocational

What’s it all about?

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.

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. Applicati

Study levelCostAdditional fees
16-18FREEYou will need to provide your own stationery and you will be given the opportunity to take part in trips and visits.
19+4225.00 *subject to changeYou will need to provide your own stationery and you will be given the opportunity to take part in trips and visits.

Your progress will be assessed through successfully achieve the following assessments: Multiple choice Health and Safety test, an externally set, externally moderated assignment, a synoptic examination, one portfolio of evidence, optional unit assessments

English and Maths are important life skills that will help you to achieve your best in your studies and progress to your dream career. If you have not already achieved grade 9-4 in GCSE Maths and/ or English at school, we will support you to improve your skills.

This is a full time course with sessions over three days for one year. You will also have the opportunity to create a portfolio of 150 hours of work experience as part of your study programme.

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%.

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.

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