City & Guilds level 1 Certificate

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Our Part-time City & Guilds practical courses in Horticulture are designed to allow for progression from a Level 1 introductory short course through to a full Level 2 Diploma in Practical Horticulture.

The Level 1 Award is useful for those wishing to find out if Horticulture may be an interesting career route.

With the Level 1 Certificate the student can progress further into a wider scope of horticultural techniques.


This half year course is designed to introduce students and further develop any previous knowledge to prepare students for level 2 courses and to become garden assistants in the work place.

Topics covered will include plant propergation, plant establishment, plant maintenance and plant identification.

Course code: HOP050 (September start)

Course code: HOP051 (February start)

Entry Requirements:

No entry requirements but you must have an interest in the subject. 

Steel toe capped books are required for this course.

Dates & Location:


25th September 2017- 29th January 2017
19th February 2018- 25th June 2018

Time: 09.30-16.00


1 day a week 


Learning Level: Level 1 

Aged 16 - 18£0
Aged 19 - 23 and do not hold a level 2 qualification in any subject£0
Aged 19 – 23 and holds a level 2 + qualification in any subject£595
Aged 24+ (on the first day of the course)£595
Unemployed, looking for work and on state benefit£0


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.

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