Technical Certificate in Horticulture and Professional Landscaping (Level 2)

Course overview

On this course you will develop the skills required to work in the gardening and landscaping industry, as well as building a foundation of specialist horticultural knowledge to take forward into further education and training for progression.

You will be assessed through a range of practical and written projects as well as examinations. To achieve the overall award you must successfully pass all assessed components. You will also complete 150 hours of work experience with an industry employer.

You will learn

  • Plant naming, identification, selection and science
  • The establishment and maintenance of plants outdoors
  • Propagation techniques
  • How to design garden areas
  • Care, maintenance and use of tools and machinery
  • Horticulture business skills
  • Health and safety for the land-based industries
Qualification

Technical Certificate in Horticulture – City & Guilds of London Institute Reference: 60308680

At least one GCSE at grade 4 and above (C and above) in English or Maths and at least three other GCSEs at grade 3 and above (D and above) including English/Maths and a Science related subject. 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 our Advanced Technical Certificate or Diploma in Horticulture (Level 3), a Horticulture Supervisor Apprenticeship, or one of our Level 3 garden design courses. You will also be able to gain employment as a trainee/assistant in the horticulture industry working in landscaping, turf management, parks and gardens, community gardens, garden retail, or you could consider starting up 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.

Please note that fees for September 2023 have not yet been finalised, and are subject to a small increase. Applicants will be notified of final course fees before enrolling.