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Land-Based Studies Diploma (Horticulture) at Solihull College & University Centre

Course description

Our introductory Level 1 course is the ideal qualification for anybody wanting to get involved in working in the gardening industry.

Careers are vast from with a qualification in horticulture such as retail, arboriculture, grounds maintenance, garden designer, hard landscaper, plant researcher, plant grower, sports turf and greenkeeping.

Whilst at College you will be working in a very pleasant walled garden, new classrooms and a purpose built barn where students can work regardless of the weather.

Course content

This course will cover:

- Health and Safety
- Working in a Team
- Plant Identification
- Plant Pests and Diseases
- Prepare Ground and Plant
- Maintain Plants

You will also complete core units in Personal and Social Development which may involve practical voluntary work as well as setting up an enterprise such as growing and selling plants.

Entry requirements

An interest in gardening and related subjects

Someone who enjoys practical work and likes working outside in all weathers

A successful interview.


The course is assessed by on-line and practical tests.

Future opportunities

If you are successful on this course, you will be able to continue studying towards a Level 2 First Diploma in Horticulture or Horticultural Level 2 Work-based Apprenticeship.

For the Apprenticeship you will need to be in employment for approximately 30 hours per week, this can be discussed at your interview.

Further information

You will need to provide steel toe capped safety boots and purchase College T-shirts and sweatshirts.

Good levels of English and Maths are important for your success in your course, your chosen vocation and life. Throughout your course you will continue to develop your English and Maths skills in your vocational classes.

If you haven't achieved an A*/9 - C/4 grade in English or Maths at GCSE, or a Level 2 Functional Skill, you will also be working towards a qualification in English or Maths at a level that will enable you to progress towards these grades.

If you have a Learning Difficulty or Disability please let us know when you apply. You will be offered support in your interview. If you need help completing your application we can help with this too.

Solihull College offers full time and part time courses for businesses and residents in Birmingham, Walsall, Wolverhampton, Coventry Warwickshire and the whole of the West Midlands.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Solihull College & University Centre directly.

Last updated date: 10 November 2016
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