Accessibility links

Horticulture Diploma in Land-based Studies - Level 2 at Calderdale College

Course description

Horticulture is the industry and science of plant cultivation including the process of preparing soil for the planting of seeds, tubers, or cuttings. This course is an excellent opportunity for you to develop your skills as a horticulturist. You will work alongside The Council - Parks and Leisure Services and local environmental organisations. You will manage the propagation, planting, and growth of plant species and landscaping.

Course content

This course provides a comprehensive package for general horticulture. The course combines practical learning with theoretical knowledge using the college grounds and several work experience placements in the local area. The course is designed to give you a broad understanding of horticulture with a view to start work in the horticultural industry. Areas you will expect to study will be: • The establishment and maintenance of plants • The basic principles of plant science • The basic principles of soil science • Setting out from a plan • Construction of garden walls • Horticultural crop production • Plant nomenclature, terminology and identification • Principles of organic horticulture • Principles of sustainability in horticulture

The delivery will include both theory and practical workshops with some IT based learning and hands-on horticulture classes.

Entry requirements

This is a course ideal for progression from level 1 Horticulture. School leavers should aim for at least 4 GCSEs at grades D. Applicants will be interviewed and will be expected to demonstrate a genuine enthusiasm for the subject, commitment and good communication skills are essential

Interview with a specialist tutor.


Assessment is continuous throughout the course to achieve a Pass grade on all units, however, the course is very ‘hands-on’ and a significant amount of practical assessment will be expected.

Financial information

In most cases students aged 18 and under who wish to enrol on a full time further education course will have their fees waived.  Students who are aged 19 and over and who wish to enrol on a full time course should contact our Student Services Team on 01422-399367 for more information.

Future opportunities

Careers in garden centres, nurseries, grounds maintenance, landscaping and amenity horticulture, and opportunity for self-employed gardening work.

Further information

Please complete an application form and return it to us at the following freepost address:-
Calderdale College Central Admissions Unit, FREEPOST HX2 004, Francis Street, Halifax, HX1 3BR

or click the link to apply online:

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 20 May 2014
Provider logo

Key information