Landscaping is a rapidly growing sector in the UK. In recent years, there has been a large upsurge in awareness amongst the public in plants, gardening, landscaping and the environment. This is helping to make horticulture and landscaping one of the largest employment sectors in the UK.
This qualification contains a wide range of optional units such as:
- Construct a paved area in a garden
- Build garden walls and pillars
- Maintain a garden pond
- Plant a container for seasonal display
- Prune deciduous spring-flowering shrubs
- Cut hedges using a petrol hedge trimmer
- Propagate plants by stem cuttings
- Mow turf using a petrol rotary mower
- Construct garden fencing
- Sow seeds outdoors by hand
- Construct garden benches and pergolas
- Grow plants indoors from seed
Updated July 2021
Applicants will need to display an interest in hard and soft landscaping and ideally hold a Level 1 qualification in horticulture or construction, or one GCSE at Grade C.
The qualification is assessed by observation of practical performance and questioning. Students must also produce a portfolio of evidence to support underpinning knowledge and understanding.
There is a £60 fee for safety clothing which students are required to wear whilst doing practical tasks.