The horticulture sector is made up of many diverse industries delivering the science, art, technology and business of ‘growing plants’. The careers within horticulture are varied and range from crop production (fruit, vegetables, flowers, trees and shrubs and glasshouse crops), to landscaping, garden design and sports turf. Horticulture has a massive part to play in the future for our planet and the living things on it. From the food we eat, the sports we play, caring for the conservation of our environment, and the creation of beautiful spaces.
One year full-time, normally in college three days a week and one day in work placement.
Students can progress to study the City and Guilds Level 3 Technical Qualifications in Horticulture.
- Health and safety
- Working in the horticulture industry
- Plant naming, identification, selection and science
- Establishment and maintenance of plants outdoors
- Care, maintenance and use of tools and machinery
- Horticulture business skills
- Work experience (150 hours).
- English and Maths.
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Four GCSEs at grade 3 or equivalent, including English and Maths, or a relevant Level 1 qualification. A satisfactory reference is also needed.
Intermediate and Advanced Apprenticeships in Horticulture
Brett had a number of jobs after completing his GCSEs, including agency and factory work, but decided he wanted to improve his career prospects by studying horticulture at Riseholme College.
Q: What do you like about Riseholme College?
A: The staff and pupils are all very friendly and the teachers provide excellent support. They are always prepared to help and provide further information on topics.
Q: What is the best thing about your course?
A: The course is enabling me to improve my practical gardening skills and theoretical knowledge. The combination of work-based assessments and days at College are very conducive to learning.
Q: What are your hopes for the future?
A: I hope to improve my horticultural knowledge and become a better and more confident gardener. In the future I hope to be a head gardener at a stately home.