Unless stated otherwise, students aged 16-18 are exempt from tuition and registration fees.
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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.
- 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.
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.
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.
Visit the Grow Careers website at www.horticulture.org.uk/grow-careers for more career options and ideas.
Last updated: 13 October 2018