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Horticulture Extended Diploma Level 3 (AGR1) at Barnsley College

Course description

This study programme will further develop your knowledge of and expertise in horticulture to help prepare you for work in this interesting industry.

Course content

Based at our Wigfield Farm campus, each class contains practical sessions combined with the relevant supporting theory. You will also develop your skills further in the workplace (we will help you find suitable work experience).

Course themes:

• Understand the principles of plant and soil science

• Tree and shrub pruning and maintenance

• Identification, selection and use of ornamental plants

• Turf management

• Principles of landscape and garden design

• Understand sustainable development

• Establish and manage exterior plant displays

• Tree identification, planting and care

Entry requirements

4 GCSEs grade A*-C plus English Grade 4 or above

Assessment

All work will be assessed by assignment criterion referenced to Pass, Merit or Distinction criteria, based upon the achievement of specified learning outcomes and unit criteria. Each unit has specified unit assessment and grading criteria. Grades are determined by the achievement of all subsequent Pass, Merit and Distinction grades.

Financial information

Financial support – If you are aged between 16 -18 and your total annual household income is less than £35,000 you could be eligible for financial support through our Learner Support Fund.* Money is available for travel (up to £700), food, trips, printing, equipment and childcare. You don’t have to pay this money back. You can pick up a Learner Support Fund application form from Student Services on the ground floor at our Old Mill Lane campus.

Guaranteed bursaries - If you are aged between 16 and 18 and in receipt of a benefit in your own right, in care or leaving care, or have significant caring responsibilities you could be eligible for a non-repayable bursary of up to £1,200 per year.*

Financial support – If you are aged 19 or over and your total annual household income is less than £25,000 you could be eligible for financial support through our Learner Support Fund.* Money is available for travel (up to £700), food, trips, printing, equipment and childcare. You don’t have to pay this money back. You can pick up a Learner Support Fund application form from Student Services on the ground floor at our Old Mill Lane campus.

Earn to Learn - If you are in full time education you could get involved with our Earn to Learn scheme. This provides excellent work experience opportunities within College with departments including Marketing, Administration and Catering, and you will be rewarded an equivalent of £5 per hour (£25 per week maximum) through a range of cash payments, high street vouchers and cashless credits which can help with the cost of travel, trips and equipment.

FREE bus services! - We realise that getting to and from College might not be very easy for everyone so we have funded three FREE return bus services for our students.

They serve the following areas:

• Shelley

• Stocksbridge via Penistone

• Rotherham - Ecclesfield - Chapeltown - High Green

These bus routes are completely free for our students and operate on a first come, first served basis. Each route will get students into College in a morning before lessons start and a return service is provided after lessons finish.

Please contact Student Services for details of pick-up points and times.

For more information on financial support, bursaries or bus routes, please contact Student Services on Tel: 01226 216 267 or Email: studentsupport@barnsley.ac.uk

*Terms and conditions and apply

Future opportunities

There is potential for the qualification to prepare you for appropriate direct employment in the vocational sector and it is suitable for those who have decided that they clearly wish to enter a particular specialist area of work. It is broadly equivalent to three A Levels.

Education

You may wish to gain the qualification in order to enter a specialist area of employment or to progress to a higher education foundation degree, HND or other professional development programme, or you may want to extend the specialist nature of the subjects they studied on the BTEC Level 3 Diploma or another programme of study.

Further information

Further information

We have a dedicated team available to provide information on all of our courses and to help you to make the right choices about your future. The team are based at the Old Mill Lane site.

Drop in:

Monday – Thursday 9.00am – 5.00pm

Friday 9.00am – 4.30pm

Tel: 01226 216 123

Email: info@barnsley.ac.uk

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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 May 2018
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