City & Guilds Level 3 Advanced Technical Certificate in Horticulture, Landscape or Sportsturf (360)

About the course

Myerscough College can offer you the opportunity to train at level 3 (A-Level equivalent) at the best land-based College in the North West, to develop a comprehensive understanding of Horticulture, Landscape or Sportsturf, encompassing practical techniques, academic knowledge and technical skills. It is a popular option for both school leavers and successful Level 2 Diploma students.

Our facilities are excellent with a 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 maintain a range of plant and shrub borders.

Myerscough is an internationally recognised sportsturf industry training provider. It boasts a brand new sportsturf training centre that is equipped with all the latest sportsturf equipment. The College provides learners access to a golf course and several winter games pitches in which to gain experience with their practical skills.

The College has established links with employers over many years both in the horticulture landscape and fine turf industries; this has enabled the tutors to provide the best industrial experience for the learners. Students will also experience visits during their studies to top industry venues. The College provides its learners with extremely well qualified industry experienced tutors to deliver their qualifications.

The Level 3 Advanced Technical Certificate in Horticulture / Landscape provides you with core practical skills and knowledge, which will equip you to seek employment or further learning and training within the horticultural or landscape industry. Sound practical skills are extremely important when looking to gain employment in these industries. You will learn how to work safely and prepare and operate a range of equipment and machinery. You will study the fundamentals of plant identification, plant health and protection, controlling pests, diseases, disorders and weeds. Health and safety is a fundamental part of the course. The skills listed are core skills, which are required in both industries. The final part of the course is made up of subject specific units to gain skills such as landscape construction of walls and patios or plant production in a domestic and commercial setting in horticulture.

Entry Requirements:

These courses give a good technical training and education providing a vocational alternative to A Levels and the opportunity for successful students to progress to Higher Education. Learners are normally aged 16 or over with an English GCSE at C (4) or higher plus a minimum of three others at C (4) or higher, including Maths or Science.

In addition, Learning Areas may apply specific agreed aptitude assessments that assist selection during the interview process.

Additional Entry Requirements:

Working in the landscape and horticulture industries involves physical, practical work, passion for your subject and dedication to your industry.

Applicants for all courses are expected to show a commitment to the industry and a strong personal statement. Candidates must be willing to work outdoors in all weathers, work as part of a team on practical and theory tasks, work on physically demanding tasks and be passionate about the industry.

Course modules

Year 1

Undertake and Review Work Related Experience in the Land-based Industries

The aim of the module is to give you the skills needed to identify, participate and review work experience in the land-based industries

Manage Winter & Summer Sports Turf Surfaces (Sportsturf Students)

This module aims to provide you with an understanding of the different maintenance requirements for a range of winter and summer sports surfaces.

Principles of Plant Health & Protection

This module aims to provide you with an understanding of the principles of plant health and protection and how these can be applied in practice.

Undertake Horticultural Production Techniques – Protected Environments (Horticulture Students)

This module aims to introduce you to the skills and knowledge needed to use horticultural production techniques in protective environments, and how these can be applied in practice

Construct & Restore Walls (Landscape Students)

This module aims to provide you with an understanding of how to construct and maintain walls and how these techniques can be applied in practice

Construct Horizontal Landscape Surfaces (Landscape Students)

This module aims to provide you with an understanding of how to construct horizontal landscape surfaces and how these can be applied in practice.

Undertake Horticultural Production Techniques – Outdoors (Horticulture Students)

This module aims to provide you with an understanding of how to undertake horticultural production techniques – outdoors and how these can be applied in practice.

Principles of Health and Safety

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.

Identification, Selection and Planting of Plants

Land based Industry Machinery Operations

Principles of Sportsturf Maintenance (Sportsturf Students)

Year 2

Entry requirements & additional information

Entry requirements

These courses give a good technical training and education providing a vocational alternative to A Levels and the opportunity for successful students to progress to Higher Education. Learners are normally aged 16 or over with an English GCSE at C (4) or higher plus a minimum of three others at C (4) or higher, including Maths or Science.

In addition, Learning Areas may apply specific agreed aptitude assessments that assist selection during the interview process.

Additional Entry Requirements:

Working in the landscape and horticulture industries involves physical, practical work, passion for your subject and dedication to your industry.

Applicants for all courses are expected to show a commitment to the industry and a strong personal statement. Candidates must be willing to work outdoors in all weathers, work as part of a team on practical and theory tasks, work on physically demanding tasks and be passionate about the industry.

Learning and assessment

To gain this qualification candidates must successfully achieve the following assessments:

2 externally set, external moderated assignments (1 x SYNOPTIC & 1 optional unit)

1 externally set, externally marked exam (Synoptic exam)

1 portfolio of evidence

Optional unit assessments as required

Employer involvement requirement

Assessment of technical qualifications is a mixture of 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 core units and externally set exams that combine the knowledge of all core units and a Health and Safety exam.

Progression

Further Education - Level 3 Advanced Technical Diploma in Landscape, Horticulture or Sportsturf, another 1-year programme of study which combined can allow entry the following year into Higher Education courses such as Landscape Architecture, Civil Engineering or Horticultural sciences and management.

OR

Full time employment in the Landscape or Horticulture industry available in both the UK & internationally.

Careers

Employment opportunities in the Horticulture, Landscape and Sportsturf industries are currently very good. The Level 3 Diploma course provides the qualifications and experience for entry into the industry at an operational level with future prospects for management.

Special requirements

Specialist Clothing and Equipment: Waterproof coat and trousers, steel toe capped safety boots, gloves. Please refer to website for full details

Costs that are mandatory for the course:

· Additional costs include:

· Waterproof clothing - £30

· Boots - £20-£35

· Gloves - £2-£5

· Stationary - £10-£30

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.