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Horticulture Level 2 at Lancaster and Morecambe College

Course description

This course provides a comprehensive introduction to general horticulture. It is ideal for those who want to combine practical based training with sound theoretical knowledge. The course is designed to give you a broad understanding of horticulture, with a view to progressing to a level 3 course, or to start work in the horticultural industry.

Course content

You will study 10 units in the first year of the programme which will include the following: • Introduction to Plant Terminology Identification • Work Related Experience • Soil Science • Plant Selection • Plant Science • Protected Production • Nomenclature.

You will learn through taught classes, visits to plant nurseries, production units, garden centres and parks and gardens of interest and by having visits from experts. Much of your work will be assignment based. Work experience will form an essential part of the course.

All students aged 16 -19 are required to study Functional Skills English and maths qualifications or GCSE mathematics and English if not already awarded a grade A*-C in these subjects. If you have a grade D at GCSE you will study maths and/or English GCSE. Students with a grade lower than D will work towards GCSE through the study of maths and English Functional Skills. Students aged 19+ are strongly encouraged to take relevant maths and English qualifications to support progression into further or higher education, training or employment. All LMC students will receive tutorial support.

Entry requirements

5 GCSEs at grade A*-D including English or maths OR a Level 1 related qualification. Entry criteria will be applied at the discretion of the course manager. 


This course is continuously assessed using a range of methods including projects, assignments and observation of practical work. There may be some short tests. N.B. Assessments are based on the requirements of the awarding body and are subject to change.

Financial information

You will be required to pay £55.00 for visit costs. You will also need a pair of steel toe capped boots, a pair of waterproof over trousers and jacket.

Future opportunities

You can apply for employment in a range of areas, for example with local authorities, in parks and green spaces, landscaping, as a horticultural technician, in groundsworking for heritage properties, large leisure facilities or Garden Centres, or run your own horticultural business. Alternatively, you may progress to a higher qualification such as the Level 3 Extended Diploma in Horticulture.


Further information

On completion of this course you will receive Level 2 in Horticulture.

You will be expected to undertake regular home study on this course. 

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Lancaster and Morecambe College directly.

Last updated date: 04 May 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 Year
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