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
  • Hard landscaping
  • How to design garden areas
  • Care, maintenance and use of tools and machinery
  • Horticulture business skills
  • Health and safety for the land-based industries
Entry requirements
  • 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.

Hannah's story

I loved my course at Capel Manor College. It is a hugely inspirational place, the gardens and facilities are brilliant. I would recommend it to everyone considering a career in horticulture.