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Horticulture Diploma Level 2 at Kingston Maurward College

Course description

Horticulture is a local, national and global industry that needs more people and this course is an ideal entry point for school leavers. It is designed to build on your natural enthusiasm and give you a broad understanding of the basic principles and practices of horticulture whilst working and studying in the Kingston Maurward College Grade 2 listed gardens.

It is suitable for people with a variety of skills and interests from the creative and scientific to the energetic or entrepreneurial.

The course offers a balance of both practical and theory and is the perfect preparation for those learners who wish to progress onto the Level 3 Diploma in Horticulture courses or for those who wish to enter the horticulture, gardening, landscaping and other plant-based green industries.

Course content

Units include:

  • Work-related experience and industry experience
  • Horticultural machinery
  • Plant identification
  • Plant and soil science
  • Plant production
  • Plants outdoors
  • Setting out to a plan
  • English and maths for students who do not have C grades or Level 2 functional skills

Entry requirements

4 GCSEs grade D/E or above, including English and maths. You will be required to complete a work placement. You will need a keen interest and enthusiasm in the subject. Tetanus protection is recommended.

Financial information

Courses leading to a qualification are FREE for British citizens, aged under 19 years on 31 August in the academic year you start your course.* However, there may be some additional costs for clothing/kit and trips depending on your course.  You can apply to the Bursary Fund for extra help towards the cost of transport, food, equipment or childcare.

Materials required:

Basic stationery - pens, pencils, ruler and eraser, A4 lever arch files. Protective overalls, work gloves and steel toe-capped boots - all protective equipment will be inspected by the course instructor. Practical clothing suitable for the weather conditions necessary at all times. Polo shirts and sweatshirts are available for purchase at College.

Future opportunities

Following further training: Landscape Architect, Plant Specialist, Garden Designer, Gardener for Heritage Gardens and Estates, Gardener in domestic settings, Plant Nursery or Garden Centre worker.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 26 April 2016
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