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Level 2 Practical Diploma in Horticultural skills (Hard Landscaping) at Plumpton College

Course description

Course Leader: Dave Lonsdale

Number of years: 1

Students are assessed using written assignments and practical assessments.

The hard landscaping and garden maintenance industries are looking for people with excellent practical skills, interpersonal skills and sound maths and English skills. This course is designed to encourage development in all these areas in order that successful studentscan progress in to the hard landscaping profession.

Course content

Here are some examples of the types of modules you can study:

  •   Site survey, laying hard surfaces and construct paved areas
  •   Construct garden fencing and maintain boundaries
  •   Laying turf and turf maintenance
  •   Use of petrol lawn mowers, hedge trimmers and soil rotavators

Entry requirements

For entry onto this course, we require students to meet one of the following criteria:

  2 A-D grade GCSE’s (ideally including English and maths)

  A relevant Level 1 qualification 

  Level 1 Literacy and Numeracy

All students will be assessed for their suitability for this programme at interview.

Financial information

Tuition Fee: 16-18 = FREE

Assessment Fee: 16-18 = FREE

Facilities Fee: All students - Non-Residential = £120, Residential = £200



Future opportunities

Successful students may be able to progress onto a Level 2 Diploma course, go into work-based learning or work as a landscaper.


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: 18 November 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 34 weeks
  • Course code: HOF017/PROG

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    • The main Plumpton College site is located at the foot of the picturesque South Downs National Park. Six miles from Lewes, the County Town of East Sussex.

      The College specialises in providing a wide range of land-based courses in partnership with schools, for those in further education and for those in higher education. The College degree courses are validated by the University of Brighton.

      The range of courses cover all land-based provision including Agriculture, Horticulture, Floristry, Equine, Agricultural and Horticultural Machinery, Metalsmithing, Animal Care, Countryside Management, Forestry and Arboriculture, Sports (Outdoor Adventure) and Wine and Viticulture.