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Horticulture Skills for Working Life at Oaklands College

Course description

The course is 1 year long (35 taught weeks) The full course title is NPTC Entry Level Diploma in Skills for Working Life - Land-based (land and plants) (Entry 3) This course is designed to be mainly a hands on introduction to Horticulture. You will take part in many practical activities such as pruning, weeding, planting and lawn care. As this course is part of the foundation learning tier you will be required to complete functional skills in maths and/or English at a level suitable to your ability. You will also be required to complete Personal development skills qualifications.

Course content

You will gain an insight into a range of horticultural subjects such as lawn care, planting and pruning plants, growing of plants etc. You will also study core areas such as health and safety and working with others

Entry requirements

Successful completion of BKSB Initial Assessment and an interview. Steel toe capped safety boots are an essential Health and Safety requirement and we highly reccommend a set of overalls.

You will have a keen interest in horticulture (gardening etc) and want to develop new skills or improve ones that you may already have and enjoy working out doors in all types of weather.


We use a variety of methods to assess learners throughout the year. Practical assessments are carried out throughout the course and the underpinning knowledge is assessed by either oral or written means.

Financial information

16-18 years old, no tuition fees apply to Full Time courses and fees subject to confirmation. Additional costs applicable to BHS courses.

Future opportunities

If you successfully complete this course you may be able to enrol onto the Land Based Studies Level 1 course in Horticulture. This will be subject to a satisfactory interview and demonstration of academic ability (i.e. GCSE results or BKSB assessment results).

Further information

In addition to your main course, you will study for a functional skill in English. Information technology or Maths at an appropriate level.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Oaklands College directly.

Last updated date: 09 September 2016
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