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City & Guilds Level 1 Award / Certificate / Diploma in Practical Horticulture Skills (Croxteth Park /Sites Across Liverpool)

About the course

Brief Description of the Course:

This is a roll on / roll off course that is available to individuals and members of community groups across Liverpool City Region. This qualification consists of 13 units, or ‘practical skills’. The skills vary according to the delivery location and the time of year. This course is ideal for those progressing from the L1 Certificate in Practical Horticulture Skills. After successfully completing this course many students progress onto the City and Guilds Level 2 Award in Practical Horticulture Skills.


Various locations across Liverpool City Region, including:

Croxteth Park, L12

Court Hey Park, Knowsley

St Michaels in the City, L1

Dutch Farm, Garston

The Bridge Community Centre, Clubmoor

Entry Requirements:

Just a keen interest in horticulture and gardening. Most students complete the Level 1 Award and Certificate in Practical Horticulture Skills before progressing onto this course.

Course Units:

There are 161 units to choose from. 4 Mandatory units and 9 optional units are required to achieve the Certificate. Optional units are selected according to student interest, the site and seasonality. Students progressing from the L1 Certificate in Practical Horticulture skills will have already achieved the mandatory units.

Mandatory units:

  • Prepare the ground for sowing or planting under supervision

  • Plant container grown subjects

  • Prepare soil and apply organic mulch

  • Water a bed, border or area of plants in containers

Examples of optional units include:

  • Prune hedges by hand

  • Prune deciduous shrubs flowering on current season’s growth

  • Support plants on wires, frames or trellis

  • Repair damaged turf with seed

  • Maintain hand tools

Learning and Assessment:

Every student builds up a portfolio of evidence, which is a record of the practical assessments that have been completed. Student’s practical skills are assessed through observation of practical work and assessor questioning confirms their understanding.

Special Requirements:

Costs that are mandatory for the course:

Students living in Liverpool City Region are funded through the Adult Education Budget so there are no tuition fees.

Costs that are optional for the course:

None – this course is free to Liverpool City Region residents.


City and Guilds Level 2 Award in Practical Horticulture Skills

How to Apply:

To apply for this programme, please complete the on-line application form using the links on the right of the factsheet on the website. Alternatively, printed application forms are available from Course?Enquiries:


Myerscough College Liverpool, Croxteth Hall and Country Park, Croxteth Hall Lane, Liverpool, L12 0HB


0151 228 7162





Please note that the information provided in this fact sheet was accurate at the date of publication. However, programmes of study are continually being modified and information is therefore subject to change.