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.
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:
Plant Centre Assistant
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.
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