City & Guilds Level 2 Diploma in Practical Horticulture Skills

About the course

Why Myerscough:

Myerscough College is set in a beautiful rural area; we have fantastic grounds and award winning gardens on which you can learn and work and gain invaluable horticultural skills. We have a commercial garden centre on site with a range of nursery and growing facilities for propagation and potting.

Brief Description of the Course:

This course is aimed primarily at learners who want to work within the horticultural industry or want to progress to other related qualifications in the land based sector. It targets young people whose skill set is predominantly that of a practical nature, people who have a love of the outdoors and nature and who have a willingness to learn about plants and the wider environment. The course is built around horticultural units which also include some hard landscaping and sportsturf elements.

Course modules

Year 1

Laying Hard Surfaces for External Landscaping

Prepare Ground or Area for Planting

Plant a Tree

Propagate Plants Indoors from Seed

Plant a Container for Seasonal Display

Maintain Indoor Plants

Sow Seeds Outdoors by Hand

Propagate Plants by Stem Cuttings

Cut Hedges Using a Pedestrian-Operated Petrol-Engined Hedge Trimmer

Mow Turf Using a Pedestrian-Controlled Mower

Identify Plants by Botanical Name

Entry requirements & additional information

Entry requirements

Learners are normally aged 16 or over with a minimum of 2 GCSEs at Grade 3 or above, including English Language, or equivalent qualifications.

Additional Entry Requirements:

A horticultural qualification at level 1 and /or a passion for the outdoors

Learning and assessment

Assessment of the qualification is carried out by a series of observations of practical performance and underpinning knowledge questioning.

Progression

Upon successful completion of the Level 2 Diploma in Horticulture, learners may be able to progress onto the Level 3 Advanced Technical Certificate or look into an apprenticeship programme.

Careers

The course can lead to numerous employment opportunities including:

  • Assistant Gardener
  • Garden centre worker
  • Assistant Landscape gardener
  • Plant nursery worker

Special requirements

Costs that are mandatory for the course:

  • Steel toe-capped boots with good grip and ankle support – approx. £25
  • Gardening gloves – approx. £5
  • Outdoor workwear and wet weather clothing – approx. £30
  • Note books, pens/pencils – approx. £10

Costs that are optional for the course:

  • A pair of garden secatuers – approx. £5

Work experience

This course includes a work experience element which enables the learner to gain valuable practical experience, whilst enhancing their knowledge of the industry.

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.