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  • Safe and effective working practices in land-based industries
  • Team work and working alone in land-based industries
  • Identify plants
  • Propagation of plants
  • Establishment of Plants
  • Maintenance of Plants
  • Establishment and maintenance of Turf
  • Literacy and Numeracy development

Entry Requirements:


  • You'll need to have achieved 1 or more GCSes grades 2-1 (previous grade structure E-G) or another related Entry Level 3 qualification
  • Completion of the Rural Pathways programme and a strong interest in horticulture
  • Successful completion of a Level 1 course in another area

Mature students will be assessed for suitability on an individual basis at interview.

Dates & Location:

1 year full-time,

3 days per week plus 1 day work experience


September 2018


Our horticulture facilities at Plumpton are pretty impressive. In fact you’ll get to experience one of the finest natural locations in the country, perfect for developing your creativity. Whether indoors or outdoors, you’ll be able to build your skills in an excellent environment.

  • Discover our extensively planted areas on-site at Plumpton

As you build your knowledge, you’ll be able to gain a wide experience of being able to identify and maintain different plants.

  • Experience our endangered plant collections at first hand

You’ll be able to experience our Black Poplars and National collection of Hebes, in addition to our endangered plant network connection with Kew Gardens.

  • Grow plants all year round here

We’ve got an excellent large area under glass where you’ll be able to grow plants without the risk of the weather, up to a commercial level.

  • Build even more skills at Plumpton

You’ll be able to develop your brickwork skills and paving at our large landscaping centre.

Future Opportunities

This course could lead you on to:

  • Level 2 Diploma Horticulture
  • Level 2 Diploma Practical Horticulture Skills (Hard Landscaping)
  • Level 1 Traineeships
  • Level 2 apprenticeships
  • Gardening assistant
  • Nursery assistant
  • Garden centre assistant
  • Turf care assistant

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