Identify Trees and Shrubs
Plant Container Grown Plants
Prepare Soil and Apply Organic Mulch
Water a Bed, Border or Area of Plants in Containers
Determine Soil pH with Colour Indicator Test Kit Under Supervision
Plant Flower Bulbs for Naturalisation or Bedding
Care for a Planted Area
Sow Seed Indoors in Containers
Prick Out Seedlings Singly
Maintain Wooden Structures with Water-based Preservative
Aerate Turf by Hand
Edge Turf with Shears
Scarify Turf by Hand
Edge and Rake Golf Bunkers
Place Sports Equipment
Use a Wheeled Rotary Mower
Use a Leaf-litter Blower
This course covers practical skills and relevant background knowledge. Students need to be interested in the subject area, with some practical knowledge of small animal care desirable.
Academic qualifications are not essential, but a basic level of maths and English is important.
Learning and assessment
The course is assessed using a range of knowledge and practical competency assessments. The course is pass/ fail only.
Please note, modules may change in accordance with the resources at the centre you choose to study this qualification.
There is scope to progress onto our Level 2 Study Programme if you show commitment to your English and Maths study, and demonstrate that you are working towards Level 1 Functional Skills with a view to continue to standard GCSE.
The course can lead to numerous employment opportunities including:
- Assistant Groundsman
- Assistant Greenkeeper
- Assistant Gardener
- Plant Centre Assistant
- Nursery Worker
Costs that are mandatory for the course:
Steel toe-capped boots with good grip and ankle support – approx. £25
Costs that are optional for the course:
Secateurs - £10 – 15
(There may be bursaries available to support the purchase of these items.)
There are plenty of opportunities to carry out internal and/or external work experience within the content of this course.
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