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Horticulture Apprenticeship Level 2 at Sheffield College

Course description

This apprenticeship course develops the knowledge and practical/technical skills for those working as an apprentice in the horticultural industry.
Horticulture apprentices are based with an employer 4 days a week and attend college 1 day a week on a day release basis for knowledge, portfolio building and assessments.
The college has links with horticultural employers and will try to place apprentices in employment, however this cannot be guaranteed so we advise applicants to look for their own employer.

Course content

On this unit based course you will learn about
  • Ground preparation and planting
  • Turf management
  • Clearing garden sites and re-landscaping
  • Using horticultural machinery including: rotary and cylinder lawnmowers, petrol hedge trimmers, rotovators and ride on tractors, to an advanced level
  • Maintaining tools and machines
  • Pruning a range of shrubs and treesHard landscaping eg concreting and making raised beds
  • Working in glasshouses
  • Health and safety
  • Working as part of a team

Entry requirements

4 GCSEs at 3/D grade including English Language and Maths.

Financial information


At The Sheffield College we will always do our best to support you through your studies, to make them as stress free as possible. We have a specialist support team who can give you all the advice you need on all things financial, including what might be available to you, so that you don’t go short and you can concentrate all your efforts into your studies.

Free meals

If you meet the eligibility criteria we’ll be able to support you with free meals. You’ll get an amount of money that you can use within the college shops and diners per day. This will be added to your student ID card which you will just swipe to purchase items.

Travel passes

Students (including Apprentices) of The Sheffield College who live in South Yorkshire are eligible for a 16–18 Student Pass which entitles pass holders to cheaper travel on buses and trams in South Yorkshire. Pass holders are also entitled to half fare on Northern train services in South Yorkshire.

Learner Support Fund

If you are enrolled with us, you may receive support towards the cost of:

  • Travel

  • Books and materials

  • Uniform and equipment

  • Essential course trips

  • NUS extra

  • DBS checks needed for your course (previously known as CRB)
  • UCAS registration fee and travel to interviews when applying for university

Future opportunities

Where can it lead?

Successful students continuing in employment can progress onto our Level 3 Horticulture Apprenticeship programme.

Further information

In addition to your main horticulture qualification you will also study
  • Functional Skills in English and Maths
  • Emergency first aid
  • Employee rights and responsibilities
Will the course suit me?
This course is suitable for those who wish to gain a horticultural qualification while in employment and develop their careers within the industry. You will need to be practically minded, like working outdoors in all seasons and able to undertake a range of horticultural tasks including lifting and moving, ground preparation and planting. You also need to be prepared to do some study in your own time.
At Hillsborough College you will learn from staff with a range of horticulture qualifications and horticulture industry backgrounds.
There are excellent facilities with the latest horticultural equipment and machinery including,
  • Three modern, fully automated glasshouses
  • Modern workshops including a machinery workshop
  • Tractor mounted equipment

Open Days

Why not come and see for yourself. Visit us on one of our open evenings and meet the people who will be teaching you, have a chat about what the course involves and look round our fantastic facilities where you’ll be learning.

Our City, Hillsborough, Peaks and Olive Grove campuses will be open on the following days:

  • Thursday 12th October 2017, 3.30pm - 7pm
  • Monday 20th November 2017, 3.30pm - 7pm
  • Tuesday 23rd January 2018, 3.30pm - 7pm
  • Wednesday 7th March 2018, 3.30pm - 7pm
  • Thursday 17th May 2018, 3.30pm - 7pm

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 15 December 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Course code: HWIHE1


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    • Welcome to Hillsborough Campus

      Our Hillsborough campus in the north of the city is our creative hub with Art and Design, Photography, Fashion, and Music all based at the campus alongside more traditional courses such as A-Levels and our strong Sports base.

      The facilities at Hillsborough really have to be seen to be believed (why don’t you check out the tour!) from shiny Mac suites, which there are numerous, to sprung dance studios, a theatre and a TV studio.

      Hillsborough’s not just for those who are confident on the stage or in front of the camera, it also has a stage production workshop for set design and prop making, a wire tension grid which provides a strong, safe and virtually invisible platform for lighting changes to be made.

      Hillsborough also has a gym, a 3G sports pitch and a sports hall which is available for use for all, not just those studying Sport.

      If you need childcare, no problem! The Hillsborough campus has an Ofsted Outstanding rated nursery onsite.


      Hillsborough Campus, Livesey Street, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, S6 2ET

      By Car

      From the M1 take Junction 33 onto the Sheffield Parkway.

      Take a right onto Derek Dooley Way/A61 and follow the A61 for approximately 2 miles.

      When you reach a KFC restaurant on your left and Owlerton Stadium on your right, turn right onto Livesey Street. Hillsborough Campus is located approximately 300 metres down Livesey Street, on the right hand side.


      Unfortunately the only on-site parking available at Hillsborough is for Blue Badge holders (more access information can be found here), however there is pay and display on-street parking and car parks available nearby.

      By Train

      Once you arrive at the station your best bet is to hop on a tram – the train station even has its own tram stop. See the Tram section below for more details.

      By Tram

      Pick up a blue line tram heading towards Malin Bridge and get off at Hillsborough or Hillsborough Park – both of which are around 5 minutes away.

      You can use the Supertram website to plan your journey and get up to date information about fares.

      By Bus

      There are a number of different buses that stop near Hillsborough Campus – too many to list here in fact!

      Check out the Travel South Yorkshire website for further details.

      By Bike

      Hillsborough has secure bike storage on site. Please speak to Student Services to register and gain access to the storage facilities.


      For accessibility information please see the Disabled Go website here.