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City & Guilds Level 1 Certificate in Practical Horticulture Skills (1)

About the course

Brief Description of the Course:

This qualification consists of 8 units, or ‘practical skills’. This course is ideal for those joining a horticultural qualification for the first time or progressing from the City and Guilds Level 1 Award in Practical Horticulture Skills.

Entry Requirements:

Just a keen interest in horticulture and gardening.

Course Units:

  • Prepare the ground for sowing or planting

  • Plant container grown subjects

  • Prepare soil and apply organic mulch

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

  • Determine soil pH with a colour indicator test kit

  • Prepare and plant a container for display

  • Sow seeds indoors in containers

  • Prick out seedlings singly

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 the observation of practical work and assessor questioning confirms their understanding.

Special Requirements:

Costs that are mandatory for the course:

Adult Education Budget funding is available for those aged 19 and over joining this course (subject to eligibility).

Costs that are optional for the course:



RHS Level 2 Certificate 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 Warrington, Walton Hall and Gardens, Walton Lea Road, Higher Walton, Warrington, WA4 6SN.


01995 642211



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.

Myerscough College Horticulture
Myerscough College Horticulture


Horticulture is a rapidly growing area of the economy thanks to a strong public interest in gardening, plants, sustainability and food security. According to the Royal Horticultural Society, the horticulture industry is the largest employer in the UK, supplying 18 million gardeners.

The number of garden centres continues to increase and the public demand for attractive horticultural landscapes remains strong. This means that plant growers, suppliers and managers are constantly looking for ways to improve their businesses.

Myerscough College Fellow - Christine Walkden
Myerscough College Fellow - Christine Walkden

Christine Walkden: Honorary Fellow

"My passion for gardening was nurtured at Myerscough College and I've been getting my hands dirty ever since." Celebrity plantswoman and horticulturalist Christine was awarded an honorary fellowship and regularly works with the College and our Horticultural department.

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