Course overview

This course will allow you to develop skills and knowledge in a wide range of seasonal gardening tasks.

You will gain experience with an expert tutor who will guide you in managing your garden space. Successful completion of this introductory course will provide you with the skills and knowledge to study The Maintenance Gardener (Level 1) course or seek a voluntary placement working in a garden.

You will learn

  • Health and safety practices
  • Tool use and maintenance
  • What cultivation means and how to do it
  • Seasonal planting with annuals/biennials
  • Maintenance of a planted area
  • Seasonally relevant propagation
  • Plant identification

Award in Land-based Studies – City & Guilds of London Institute Reference: 60335956

You will need the following:
Willingness to learn new skills and to undertake practical tasks
Literacy skills for taking notes
You must be aged 19 and over to enrol on this course

Successful completion of this course will enable you to enhance your knowledge further by studying The Maintenance Gardener (Level 1), The Professional Gardener (Level 2), The Hard Landscaping Gardener (Level 2) or The Fruit and Vegetable Gardener (Level 2). You can also undertake voluntary work in gardens, parks and community gardens, or gain employment in garden centres, landscaper companies, or start your own business.

This course is part-funded by the ESFA (Education and Skills Funding Agency) or Greater London Authority (GLA) for those that are eligible.

If you are aged 16, 17 or 18 at the start of the 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 (more information can be found on our Fees and Funding page).

If you are aged 19 or over on the day your course starts, you may be entitled to help with tuition fees subject to criteria. If you receive employment benefits, have a low income, or are studying towards your first substantial qualification, you may be entitled to free tuition. You may 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.

For some of our courses, we offer a discount for current students. If this is the case, you will see the reduced fee when you select your chosen course campus and start date. To qualify for this discount, you must already be studying another course at Capel Manor College, and be adding this course to your existing programme.