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City & Guilds Level 1 Diploma in Practical Horticulture Skills

City & Guilds Level 1 Diploma in Practical Horticulture Skills

About the course

Myerscough College can offer you the opportunity to train at the best land-based College in the North West, with excellent facilities for Horticulture.

At the Preston centre we have new glasshouse space offering four separate growing zones with LED lighting and computerised temperature control. You will work in the Award Winning Myerscough Gardens, helping to look after beds and borders, learning maintenance techniques and growing your own vegetables.

At the Croxteth Park centre in Liverpool students have the opportunity to work in the prestigious Victorian Walled Garden and glasshouses, where the plant species are diverse and includes the Liverpool Botanical Collection.

Our work experience opportunities will enable you to further your horticultural skills in a setting that will enhance your knowledge and improve your communication, team-building, customer care skills and confidence.

Course modules

Year 1

Prepare Ground for Sowing or Planting Under Supervision

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

Scarify Turf by Hand

Place Sports Equipment

Identify Trees and Shrubs

Identify Weeds

Entry requirements & additional information

Entry requirements

This course covers practical skills and relevant background knowledge. Students need to be interested in the subject area, with some practical gardening knowledge 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

Special requirements

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.)

Work experience

There are plenty of opportunities to carry out internal and/or external work experience within the content of this course.

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.