What will I learn?
This course will give you a practical introduction to horticulture, allowing you to learn and develop the skills needed for employment within the industry. Plant identification and science is introduced gradually over the year allowing you to develop knowledge, ready to progress on to level 2. Units such as Turf Maintenance, Hard Landscaping and Machinery Operations are all introduced at Level 1. A range of visits to support the curriculum will be arranged over the year including Sir Harold Hillier Gardens, AFC Bournemouth and National Trust Gardens. You will also take part in work experience across the College grounds.
- Safe working practices
- Planting, establishing and maintaining plants outdoors
- Maintaining grass
- Operating machinery
- Paving and timber construction
What grades will I need?
GCSEs at grade 3-1 or above/successful completion of an Entry Level course.
You will be required to work towards Maths or English GCSE or Functional Skills if you do not hold sufficient English and Maths qualifications.
What can I study next?
• Level 2 Technical Certificate in Horticulture
• Level 2 Apprenticeship in Horticulture/Landscaping/Greenkeeping
• Amenity horticulture
• Garden centres
Optional Additional Qualifications
These additional qualifications are not mandatory nor compulsory and therefore learners can undertake these qualifications providing they meet specific criteria in relation to their main qualification
• Employment Practical Horticulture Skills
• Functional Skills in English and Maths/GCSE in English and Maths