City & Guilds Level 1 Diploma Land Based Studies (Horticulture)

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

Safe and Effective Working Practices in Land-based Industries

This unit is concerned with learners following the correct procedures outlined by the employer, recommended codes of practice and current legislation. Reporting procedures and the correct use of PPE

Develop Performance in Land-based Industries

This unit enables the learner to gain experience of working as an effective team member. It also provides the learner with the opportunity to work alone, developing personal skills and performance

Industrial Experience in Land-based Industries

This unit enables learners to gain experience of working within a realistic working environment in industry or at College, under supervision. It also provides learners with the opportunity to develop important personal skills and apply health and safety principles in the workplace

Identify Common Pests and Diseases

This unit enables learners to recognise a healthy plant, also to identify the common pests and diseases that can affect plants. The learner will know to whom the occurrence of pests or disease should be reported

Contribute to the Propagation of Plants

This unit introduces learners to the principles and practices of vegetative and seed propagation techniques, together with the basic knowledge that is applicable to them. Propagation is in protected and outdoor contexts

Contribute to the Establishment and Maintenance of Lawns

This unit introduces learners to the activities involved in preparing sites for lawn turf and turf laying; it also covers mowing, edging and general maintenance of ornamental lawns. In addition, the principles beneath the establishment and maintenance activities are outlined

Contribute to the Construction and Maintenance of Structures and Surfaces

This unit introduces learners to the fundamental skills required to assist in construction and maintenance tasks as they apply commonly in horticulture. Garden fences and hard surfacing are included, in both construction and maintenance activities

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 knowledge of small animal care desirable.

Academic qualifications are not essential, but a basic level of maths and English is important.

Learning and assessment

With the exception of one unit {Safe and Effective Working Practice}, all other units are internally assessed whereby you will demonstrate your practical ability and be able to apply your knowledge by answering questions relating to your practical tasks. Safe and Effective Working Practice will be assessed externally by City & Guilds; this will be in the form of a ‘online’ test.

Progression

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.

Careers

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

Outdoor clothing and waterproofs and a good pair of gardening gloves – 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.

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.