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Practical Horticulture Skills Diploma Level 1 (QCF) at Kingston Maurward College

Course description

Combining a mixture of theory and practical, this is a very hands-on qualification ideally suited to someone who wishes to investigate a career in horticulture and perhaps study further. No previous knowledge is required, but a willingness to learn new skills and develop knowledge of the world of horticulture is needed.

You will be taught with like-minded learners with the same interest in the outdoors and gardening where you will develop your personal and social skills. Take advantage of our fantastic resources and find out about the wide range of opportunities that are on offer within this dynamic industry.

Course content

Units include:

  • Growing trees and shrubs (selection, establishment, care and maintenance)
  • Growing flowers (herbaceous and annual plants, care and maintenance)
  • Lawncare
  • Propagating plants
  • Use of a range of tools and equipment
  • Health and safety
  • Plant identification
  • English and maths

Entry requirements

No formal entry requirements. You will need an interest in a career in horticulture and gardening and be willing to learn new skills and undertake practical tasks. 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.

Basic stationery - pens, pencils, ruler and eraser. 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

With further training: Gardener Nursery worker (plants), Assistant in a garden centre, Landscaper.

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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