Get into Grounds Maintenance

About the course

Please apply for this course using the following link:

Are there any entry requirements?

There are no formal entry requirements other than an interest in the subject area

What will the course involve?


The qualification will prepare individuals to progress into the land based sector by developing their specific knowledge, skills and understanding; preparing them for employment and offering support to a specific industry.

Health & Safety:

Understand health and safety risks arising from work activities within the Grounds maintenance industry; understand matters affecting health and safety; understand and maintain safe plant and equipment; ensure safe handling and use of substances; understand H&S information and instruction; ensure competency to carry out tasks; understand and maintain safe and healthy working conditions.

Practical Horticulture Skills:

Focussing upon the fundamental practical skills in horticulture, you will learn skills such as planting out, preparing ground, pruning, using a mower, maintaining turf or constructing a path.

Pedestrian Controlled Mowers:

This covers pre-use checks, maintenance, identification of controls and instruments, and operating the machine taking in to account the type of cutting mechanism used.

How long will I be learning?

Location: Preston

Course Duration: 1 Week

· Monday to Friday – 9am to 5pm

Start Date:

· 29th April 2019

· 13th May 2019

What equipment will I need?

Sensible outdoor clothing is required for practical work.

Steel toe capped boots/Wellingtons are essential.

What can I expect to learn from this course?

During the 1 week programme, you will achieve the following qualifications:

· Award in Practical Horticulture Skills

· Level 1 Award in Employability Skills

· Level 2 Award in Health & Safety

· Level 2 Award in Pedestrian Controlled Mowers

What other training programmes and progression opportunities are there?


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.