City & Guilds Level 2 Technical Certificate in Horticulture

About the course

Why Myerscough:

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.

Brief Description of the Course:

This Level 2 Technical Certificate in Horticulture is for you if you are looking to start a career within the horticultural sector.

The horticulture sector is made up of many diverse industries delivering science, art, technology business and sport.

The careers within horticulture are varied and range from crop production (fruit, vegetables, flowers, trees/shrubs and glasshouse crops), to landscaping, garden design and sportsturf (golf course, football, rugby, cricket, tennis etc.)

The course consists of six modules and the learners study one specialised module within their chosen sector. The modules will be delivered both practically and theoretically leading towards practical assessments and examinations.

Course modules

Year 1

Health and Safety for Land Based Industries

Working in land-based roles is exciting and varied but operating in these environments can be dangerous and present potential risks and hazards. As part of this unit learners will look at the legislation that is in place to maintain safety, the requirements for risk assessment and how these impact on working practices

Plant Naming, Identification, Selection and Science

The purpose of this unit is to provide learners with the basic knowledge and skills to name and identify plants incorporating aspects of plant science

Preparation, Planting and Maintenance of Plants

The purpose of this unit is to provide learners with the knowledge and skills to prepare growing mediums, such as soil, for potting and planting and to maintain them. This unit also covers turf in green spaces, including wild flowers

Working in the Horticulture Industry

The horticulture industry is diverse and provides a wide range of career opportunities. It is important for those working in the industry to understand how it is organised and the professional standards required for those working in it. As part of the unit requirements, learners must achieve 150 hours of work experience within the industry

Care, Maintenance and Use of Tools, Equipment and Machinery

The purpose of this unit is for learners to have the skills and knowledge to use and maintain tools, equipment and machinery used in horticultural tasks

Horticultural Business Practices

The purpose of this unit is for learners to understand the business practices used in horticultural businesses. It covers preparing quotes and invoices, communication methods and retail skills.

Sports Turf Technology - Option

Optional Unit - The purpose of this unit is for learners who are interested in sports turf green keeping and grounds maintenance to have the required skills and knowledge for tasks within this area of horticulture. This unit covers all sports surfaces, including artificial and blended surfaces. Includes tractor driving with attachments

Developing Hard Landscapes - Option

Optional Unit - This unit will include the following construction techniques: Construct and maintain garden fences: Construct water features: Construct garden walls: Construct a hard surface: Undertake site survey, preparation and selecting tools: Contribute to the construction and maintenance of living landscape features

Production Techniques in Horticulture - Option

Optional Unit - The purpose of this unit is for learners who are interested in production of plants and crops to have the required skills and knowledge for tasks within this area of horticulture. It will consist of the following learning outcomes: Carry out crop production techniques: Carry out protected crop protection: Carry out propagation techniques indoors and outdoors: Understand pests, weeds, diseases and disorders: Know current technologies in production horticulture.

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.

A keen interest in the horticultural or sportsturf industries and working outdoors.

“We also offer a level 1 course in horticulture if you haven't got the grades”.

Learning and assessment

Assessment of technical qualifications is a mixture of internal practical assessment of skills conducted by the teaching team, internal written assignments marked by the teaching team, an externally set synoptic examination that combines the knowledge and practical skills of all of the mandatory units, an external exam that combines the knowledge of all mandatory units and a Health and Safety exam. The assessments and exams are spread throughout the course of the year.


Upon successful completion of the Level 2 Technical Certificate in Horticulture, learners may be able to progress onto the Level 3 Advanced Technical Certificate.


The course can lead to numerous employment opportunities including:

Assistant Groundsman

Assistant Greenkeeper

Assistant Gardener

Plant Centre Assistant

Nursery Worker

Landscape Gardener

Special requirements

Costs that are mandatory for the course:

Files and folders including dividers for your course work – approx. £5

Stationary e.g. pens, pencils ruler etc. - approx. £10

Steel toe-capped boots with good grip and ankle support – approx. £30 - £50

Trips: We arrange a four-day residential trip in the Yorkshire dales in June the cost of the trip is approximately £100. There are bursaries for students who are eligible

Costs that are optional for the course:

Lockers - £5 which are refundable when handing back locker keys at the end of the course.


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


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.