Level 1


If being outside and working with plants is of interest to you then this course fits the bill. A practically based course to give you the opportunity to undertake and gain knowledge of a variety of horticultural tasks from plant identification and propagation to soil cultivation. Students will finish the course with all the skills necessary to move on in education or out into the world of work.


You can look forward to a varied programme of modules learning how to:

  • Propagate and establish plants
  • Maintaining plants
  • Plant identification
  • Soil cultivation
  • Lawn preparation. 

1 year - Award 

2 years - Certificate


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

By completing this course, you'll be able to go on to complete Level 2 Horticulture or Level 2 Landscaping. 

There are a range of exciting careers in horticulture to look forward to, including estate gardener, grounds maintenance contractor, groundsman, landscaper, nursery worker, countryside management.

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