Sowing seeds and vegetative propagation techniques
Practical skills in ground preparation for seeding and planting
Practical skills in establishing seed and plants in soil
Care and pruning of plants
Identification of a range of common garden plants, weeds, pests, diseases, disorders and beneficial organisms
Practical skills in vegetable growing
This course covers practical skills and relevant background knowledge. Students are normally aged 16 or over and the following qualifications are needed:
· 2 GCSEs at Grade D (3) or equivalent, one must be English Language.
· or equivalent qualifications or experience.
Learning and assessment
Assessments will include practical work and reflection on background knowledge. There are no formal examinations on the Certificate in practical horticulture.
The qualification supports progression to further learning on level 3 courses in horticulture, for example, the RHS Level 3 Certificate in Practical Horticulture.
If you achieve this qualification, you will have gained a range of practical horticultural skills relevant to employment in various roles in the horticultural sector, such as a gardener in private, public, or botanic gardens or parks and urban green spaces.
Sensible outdoor clothing is expected for practical work.
Costs that are mandatory for the course:
Steel toe-cap boots/wellingtons – approx. £25
Suitable waterproof clothing for wet weather – approx. £30
Costs that are optional for the course:
Overalls are recommended for practicals. – approx. £20
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