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There are loads of different choice when it comes to horticulture. Perhaps you'll choose to work in conservation, landscaping or in the decorative sector. A fantastic industry that makes the most of nature,  your course will help you to discover the amazing flora that exist and how they can help you on your journey to a successful career. 

Course content 

You can look forward to a varied programme of modules that also includes a work placement. You'll also continue your English and Maths up to GCSE level. Modules include: 

  • Plant and soil science
  • Plant use and maintenance
  • Plant propagation 

Once you've completed the first stage of your course, you'll have the choice of two options: 

  1. Landscaping and machinery horticulture including constructing landscape surfaces and land-based machinery
  2. Sustainability and organic horticulture including principles of sustainable horticulture and organic horticulture. 

Work Experience

Study programmes include a minimum of compulsory work experience hours achieved through one day a week or block placements. The amount of hours required is dependent on the study programme. 

Industry Work Placement

All students aged 16-18 on our Level 2 & Level 3 programmes will now have to take part in an exciting and compulsory 50-day industry placement programme alongside completion of their vocational course. The programme will give you the chance to gain valuable skills in a real working environment whilst being paired with your ideal employer.

Our mission is to pair students with their ideal employer and to support them continuously during the placement.

There is flexibility on how students complete the placement; it can be during non-college weekdays, weekends, in blocks or over the holiday period. You will receive all of the necessary information during your interview, and if you have any queries in the meantime please contact workexperience@plumpton.ac.uk

Additional qualifications 

You can also choose to study your Level 1 Certificate in Practical Horticultural Skills. 

Entry Requirements:

Either: 

  • You'll need to have achieved 2 or more GCSEs between grade 9-3 (previous grade structure A-D)
  • Successful completion of a related Level 1 qualification plus GCSE English and Maths

Mature students without the above requirements will be considered. 

Dates & Location:

September 2018

Duration:

1 year, full-time

3 days per week plus 1 day work experience

Facilities

If you're thinking of horticulture, Plumpton is one of the finest locations for you to enjoy developing your creativity We've got the amazing backdrop of the South Downs just waiting for you to discover. Our extensively planted areas make sure that you get the chance to gain a broad experience in plant identification and plant maintenance. You'll be able to experience our endangered plant collections of Black Poplars and National Collection of Hebes, plus our connection with Kew Gardens and the endangered plant network. you'll be able to use our large area under glass which means that you'll be able to grow plants all your round to a commercial level. We also have a large landscaping centre where you'll be able to develop your brickwork and paving. 

Future Opportunities

By completing this course, you'll be able to go on to complete on of three Level 3 Horticulture programmes or into employment as an Estate Gardener, Grounds Maintenance Contractor, Groundsman, Landscaper or Nursery Worker.

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