On this course you will build a sound knowledge and gain solid practical experience in gardening, landscaping and the urban environment. You can then go on to apply this foundation to real work situations in the UK and abroad.
This course is ideal for school leavers.
You will learn
- Care and maintenance of gardens in all seasons
- The use of garden and landscaping machinery and tools
- Cultivation and assessment of soil texture
- How to establish and maintain lawns
- Plant identification by botanical name
- How to identify damage caused by plant pests
- The planting of container grown plants – trees, shrubs, perennials
- Customer service in relation to requests and advice
- Plant propagation
- How to use hedge trimmers and mowers
- First aid with a strong emphasis on health and safety
- How to create paving, patios and fencing (Enfield Campus only)
Diploma in Practical Horticulture Skills – City & Guilds of London Institute
At least four GCSEs at grade 3 and above (D and above), or successful completion of Introduction to Careers in the Environment (Level 1) or equivalent. Relevant prior learning or experience gained in an appropriate professional environment will be considered. Before you start your course, if you are aged between 16 and 18 years, you will be required to attend a fun and practical two-day preparation workshop where you will meet your tutors and other students on your course. Further details will be provided at the point of an offer being made.
Successful completion of this course will enable you to progress to one of our Level 3 horticulture or garden design courses or the Technical Certificate in Horticulture (Level 2). You will also be able to gain employment at assistant-level in the gardening and landscaping industry, opportunities include: working overseas, landscaping, turf management, parks and gardens, community gardens, garden retail, or you could start your own business.
This is a full-time course. If you are aged 16, 17 or 18 at the start of this course, your tuition, exams and materials fees will be paid for you in full as long as you meet some basic criteria for UK residence. Find out more on our Fees and Funding page. If you are eligible, you can also apply for support with travel and other costs through our bursary process. Further information will be provided when you enrol.
If you are aged 19 or over on the day your course starts, you may be entitled to help with tuition fees for some courses. If you are in receipt of employment benefits, have a low income, or are studying towards your first substantial qualification, you may be entitled to free tuition. You will need to pay a materials fee if applicable to your course. Find further information about help with tuition fees on our Fees and Funding page.