This qualification enables you to gain the core skills and knowledge required for working in horticulture. Sound practical skills are really important when looking to gain employment in horticulture. You will learn how to work safely and prepare and operate a range of equipment and machinery. You will study the fundamentals of plant identification, plant health and protection, controlling pests, diseases, disorders and weeds.
Two years full-time, normally in college three days a week and one day in work placement.
Students can progress to study Horticulture at degree-level.
- Safe working practices
- Identification, selection and planting of plants
- Maintain turf
- Machinery operations
- Plant health and protection
- Advanced horticultural science
- Sustainable development
- Plant propagation activities
- Landscape and garden design
- Computer aided design in horticulture
- Horticultural production techniques
- English and Maths, as required.
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Four GCSEs at grade 4 or equivalent, including English and Maths, or a relevant BTEC Level 2 / First Diploma. 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.