This course is an introduction to the world of landscaping and horticulture. The learners will gain basic skills in horticulture, basic carpentry and construction.
Learners will be able to develop knowledge, understanding and skills which will help them progress to a higher level qualification or employment in this sector.
Updated April 2020
Learners will attend College for 18 hours a week
- Cultivating land by single digging or forking
- Use a nylon cord strimmer
- Use a cylinder mower
- Soil science
- Grounds/garden maintenance
- Hard landscaping to include timber and decking
- Laying paving and building fences.
The qualification is assessed by observation of practical performance, knowledge based and oral questioning. Students must also produce a written portfolio of evidence to support underpinning knowledge and understanding. To achieve the diploma learners must achieve 37 credits.
Students can chose to progress onto a Level 2 in Horticulture Skills or another vocational course such as construction, carpentry or multi skills. Career routes include
- Garden centre manager
- Tree surgeon
- Landscape gardener
- Environmental scientist
- Forestry worker
- Park ranger
- Nursey grower
- Garden designer.
There is a £50 fee for safety clothing which students are required to wear whilst doing practical tasks.