This course is for students who are interested in developing the specific technical and professional skills and knowledge that will lead to meaningful employment in the horticulture industry.
The course is acomprehensive 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 students to access employment in the sector or to progress onto a degree course.
Candidates would be expected to have at least 4 GCSEs at grade 4/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.
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The practical elements cover about 40% of the course and the theoretical elements about 60%.
Your progress will be assessed through successfully achieve the following assessments:
- Multiple choice health and safety test
- An externally set and externally moderated assignment
- 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 part-time course with sessions over 2 days per week.
This study programme offers a comprehensive introduction to a professional career in horticulture. Students will have the opportunities to study a wide range of horticultural topics including garden design, plant identification and lawn care.
The modules you will study include:
- Selection and use of ornamental plants
- Maintaining turf in parks and gardens
- Plant and soil science
- Land-based machinery operations
- Principles of plant health and protection
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After successfully completing this course, you could progress to further studies, such as a Foundation Degree in Horticulture, followed by a top up BSc Hons Degree in Horticulture.
You could also progress to employment within private estates, public sector, education or charities in the following career pathways:
– Plant nursery work
– Garden designer
– Soil analysis laboratories
– Garden consultant
– Botanic researcher
– Plant breeder
– Garden maintenance business
– Sport turf surfaces
– Garden designer
We are the largest further education provider in Northumberland with campuses throughout the county.
Our student transport scheme is available for eligible students to make getting to and from college as easy as possible.
Our extensive re-development programme will create outstanding new facilities.