Grow Your Own Future

About the course

To apply for this course please complete and email us the AEB Funding Application form which can be downloaded from this page:

Course Overview

Do you have a love of outdoor green spaces? Are you looking to start a new career working in the land-based sector?

Are you looking to change your career or improve your progression opportunities, by gaining professional quali?cations and developing your knowledge and practical expertise in the land-based sector? Our Adult Skills courses are designed to appeal to all ages and abilities, no matter what your current experience or skillset.

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.

Practical Horticultural Skills:

Focussing upon the fundamental practical skills in horticulture, the learner will be able to 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 Length: 6 Weeks

Start Date: Monday 20th May 2019

· Monday to Thursday 9am to 5pm

· Friday 9am to 4pm

What equipment will I need?

Sensible outdoor clothing is required for practical work. Steel toe-cap boots/wellingtons are essential and overalls are recommended for practical sessions.

Students should also have suitable waterproof clothing for wet weather.

What can I expect to learn from this course?

During this 6 week programme, you will achieve the following qualifications:

· Level 1 Certificate in Practical Horticulture Skills

· Level 1 Extended Certificate in Employability Skills

· Level 2 Award in Pedestrian Controlled Mowers

What other training programmes and progression opportunities are there?

Myerscough College Horticulture
Myerscough College 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.

Myerscough College Fellow - Christine Walkden
Myerscough College Fellow - Christine Walkden

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.