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Practical Horticultural Skills Diploma Level 1 at Rotherham College

Course description

If you’re looking to grow a great career in a refreshing and rewarding industry, then Land-based is the cream of the crop in terms of opportunities. While studying with us, you’ll benefit from using industry standard facilities at our Mining Meadows animal collection and horticulture centre, based at our Dinnington Campus.

Choose the animal care pathway and you’ll gain hands-on experience of working with our animal collection, which consists of over 200 animals and sixty species, including exotic, domestic and farm animals. Choose the Horticulture pathway and you’ll acquire a wide range of skill and expertise including propagations, landscaping, use of machinery, plant science, pond installation, brickwork and paving.

Previous students have gained employment with local stately homes, garden centres, Mayfield Alpacas, Tropical Butterfly House and Thornberry Animal Sanctuary. Students have also progressed to university degree programmes including zoology, conservation, vet nursing, and countryside management.

We also have excellent links with local and national employers and organisations which provide opportunities for work experience and community projects which ensure you have the skills required by employers and you are work ready. 

Course content

Take your first steps on the horticultural career ladder with this basic introductory course where you will gain the skills to grow and maintain plants. You will learn how to use different tools and machinery to help with the maintenance of plants. This course runs for a year.

What will I study?

• How to grow and maintain plants and lawns

• Hard landscaping – including fencing and paving

• Plant propagation

• Introduction to different machinery used within the industry


What added value will I receive?

• During your studies, you will be able to make full use of the College’s horticulture unit, Mining Meadows

• Practical experience with the Forestry Commission

• You will be taught working first aid procedures

Entry requirements

•An interest in horticulture •GCSE grades E – F •Satisfactory references and interview •For 19+ students, previous experience is taken into account


• Practical projects

• Written work and tutor feedback

Financial information

16-18 year olds do not need to pay course fees. Depending on your circumstances you may not need to pay fees. Contact the Enquiries on the details below for advice and guidance on:

T: 01709 722777


Future opportunities

After completing this course, you can progress onto the Horticulture Level 2 course or you could move onto employment in the horticulture industry.

Further information

For more details please contact the Enquiry Team on:

T: 01709 722777 



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: 11 November 2016
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