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Practical Horticulture Skills - C&G Level 2 Diploma at East Durham College

Course description

This is a very practical based course with elements of theory to help build a portfolio of evidence. You will get hands-on experience working on the Houghall estate and plant centre. Throughout the extensive grounds you will be able to work on all aspects of horticulture from turf maintenance to plant propagation ensuring you gain essential employability skills.

Course content


Topics covered in the course include: work experience and safe working practices, planting, turf maintenance, pruning, machinery, setting out and establishing and maintaining plants.


Entry requirements

3 GCSE's grade D or above including Maths, English & Science.


You will be assessed throughout the course with written assignments and practical assessments.

Financial information

If you have been a UK resident for the past 3 years and are under the age of 19 on the 31st August, you will not usually need to pay any course fees.

Future opportunities

Following successful completion of this course you may gain employment in the land-based sector as an assistant gardener. Progression to an apprenticeship in the horticultural industry may also be an option to enable you to gain more experience working hands-on.

Further information

Progression options following successful completion of this course may enable you to progress onto the level 3 diploma in horticulture, Level 2 Diploma in forestry and arboriculture, Level 2 Work Based Diploma in Environmental Conservation or an apprenticeship in horticulture.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 12 April 2016
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    • The College's Houghall Campus is located on the outskirts of Durham City centre. The Campus has an excellent reputation for a range of land based studies and is highly regarded amongst those within land based industries. The campus has excellent facilities including an arboretum, pinetum, working farm, stables and a specialist small animal care unit, all set amongst stunning grounds and countryside. These coupled with outstanding lecturers who share a passion for the outdoors, students with an interest in land based studies can be assured they have come to the right place.