Level 1 Diploma in Practical Horticulture Skills (Learning for Life)

This course is suitable for students aged 19 and over.

This course is a great introduction to the industry and the practical skills required to progress on to the next level of study.

You will explore everything from creating hanging baskets and planting containers to preparing grounds for seeding or planting and applying organic mulch correctly.

When will I start the course and how long will it take?

The course will start in January and will take 6 months to complete.

What will I study?

During this course, you could cover the following units:

  • Preparing grounds for seeding or planting
  • Assisting with identifying the presence of and controlling common pests and diseases
  • Planting container grown subjects
  • Applying organic mulch to a bed or border
  • Maintaining turf
  • Water a bed, border or area of plants in containers
  • Using hand-held equipment i.e. hedge trimmers, strimmers, lawn mowers
  • Soil testing (PH)
  • Creating hanging baskets
  • Plant identification

How is it assessed?

You will be assessed by project work and practical demonstrations. There are no formal exams.

Do I need any previous qualifications to start this course?

You do not need any formal qualifications, just passion and a commitment to your studies.

Achieving a good standard of English and maths is a key requirement for many jobs, as well as for courses you may wish to progress on to. If you achieve below a grade 4 in your English and/or maths GCSEs at school, you will study it alongside your chosen course when you join us.

What are the course fees?

If you are a school leaver, aged 16-18, (under the age of 19 on or before 31st August 2019), you do not pay tuition fees or examination and registration fees and may be eligible for additional support depending on your financial situation. For more information, please visit our dedicated financial support page.

What can I go on to do once I have completed this course?

Once you have completed this course, you could progress on to:

  • Level 2 Diploma in Practical Horticulture Skills
  • Level 2 Diploma in Work-based Horticulture

Alternatively, you might decide to look for a job in this exciting industry.

Ref: Darren Arrowsmith