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Starts: September
Duration: 1 year full-time
Available at: Crystal Palace, Enfield and Gunnersbury Park

On this course you will build a sound knowledge and gain solid practical experience in gardening, landscaping and the urban environment and go on to apply this foundation to real work situations in the UK and abroad.

Topics include:

  • constructing and maintaining boundaries – landscaping
  • care and maintenance of gardens in all seasons
  • using garden and landscaping machinery and tools
  • cultivation and assessment of soil texture
  • establishing and maintaining lawns
  • identifying plants by botanical name
  • identifying damage caused by plant pests
  • producing a basic garden design and a planting plan
  • planting container grown plants – trees, shrubs, perennials
  • dealing with customers – requests and providing advice
  • propagating plants
  • training in use of hedge trimmers, mowers and compact tractors
  • gaining first aid knowledge with strong emphasis on health and safety
  • around 150 hours of work experience with an employer.

You will be assessed through a range of practical and written projects and assessments, to achieve the overall award you must successfully pass all specialist units.

Entry Requirements

You will need at least one of the following:

  • at least four GCSEs at grade 3 and above (D and above)
  • an overall Distinction in an Introduction to Gardening and Landscaping (Level 1) or equivalent
  • relevant prior learning or experience gained in an appropriate professional environment will be considered
  • you will be encouraged to attend our Summer School.

What next?
Successful completion of this course will:

  • enable you to progress to one of our Level 3 horticulture or garden design courses or a Horticulture Supervisor Apprenticeship
  • help you gain employment at an assistant-level in the gardening and landscaping industry, opportunities include: working overseas, in landscaping, turf management, parks and gardens, community gardens, garden retail or you could consider starting up your own business.

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Last updated: 13 October 2018