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’ve 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.

Progression

Students who successfully complete the course could possibly progress onto Level 2 Diploma in horticulture or arboriculture or into employment / apprenticeship.

Careers

Employment in grounds maintenance, local authorities, private gardens, garden centres etc.

Special requirements

Wellington boots or other sturdy work boots.

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.

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.