What will I learn?
During the course you’ll develop the skills, knowledge and understanding needed for progression into the horticulture industry. You’ll cover aspects of landscaping, amenity and commercial horticulture as well as taking part in a two-week work placement to develop contacts and gain experience.
Throughout the year you’ll visit RHS Wisley, National Trust gardens such as Stourhead and local enterprises to immerse yourself in the horticulture industry.
• Plant and soil science
• Health and Safety
• Work Experience
• Horticultural business management
• Ornamental plant identification
• Horticultural machinery operation and maintenance
• Construct and maintain decking and fencing
• Plant propagation and care
• Principles of sustainable development and ecology
• Estate skills
• Principles and practices of landscape and garden design
• Amenity Turf Management
Possible Additional Qualifications
• Level 2 Certificate of Competence in Pedestrian Controlled Mowers
• Level 2 Certificate of Competence in the Safe Use of Hedge Trimmers
• Level 2 Certificate of Competence in the Safe Use of Ride on Mowers
• Level 2 Certificate of Competence in the Safe Use of Pesticides
What grades will I need?
One year course: four GCSEs at grade C/4 including English or Maths / relevant Level 2 with at least three units at Merit with the appropriate English or Maths qualification.
Two year course: five GCSEs including Science, with Maths and English at grade C/4 or relevant Level 2 at Merit level with the appropriate English and Maths qualifications.
Mature students may be considered with alternative qualifications or experience.
Where will it lead me?
• FdSc and BSc courses in Horticulture or Garden Design
• Amenity horticulture
• Garden design
• Garden retail and sales
• Commercial production
• Hard or soft landscaping
• Botanic and heritage gardening
• Science and research
• Therapeutic or social gardening