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Horticulture - Level 2 Diploma (AGR1) at Barnsley College

Course description

Working with plants, from designing and building a new city park to developing new food crops can be incredibly rewarding and there is a wealth of career options for youto choose from.

Course content

Based at our Wigfield Farm campus, you will gain practical experience within the land-based industry as well as developing your skills and horticulture theory knowledge.

Course themes:

• Prepare ground for planting

• Plant container grown plants

• Application of fertiliser

• Care for a planted area

• Prune deciduous spring flowers

• Propagate by stem cuttings

• Construct a paved area

• Design a contemporary style garden

Entry requirements

4 GCSEs at grade 3/D or above including English and maths


Courses may be assessed through a variety of methods including coursework, practical or examination. For up to date information please visit


Financial information

Financial support

If your total annual household income is less than £35,000 you could be eligible for financial support through our Learner Support Fund for travel (up to £700), if your household income is below £20,000 you could be eligible for 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 the Old Mill Lane campus.

Guaranteed bursaries

If you are aged between 16 and 18 and currently living on your own, in care or leaving care, you could be eligible for a non-repayable bursary of up to £1,200 per year.*


You can get FREE meals at college if your household income is less than £20,000. Speak to Student Services to find out more on +44 (0)1226 216 267

FREE bus services!

We realise that getting to and from college might not be very easy for everyone so we have funded four free return bus services for our students. They go to and from the Old Mill Lane campus which is just a few minutes’ walk from our Sixth Form college campus.

Shelley > Old Mill Lane campus

Stocksbridge via Penistone > Old Mill Lane campus

South Elmsall via South Kirby, Hemsworth, Kinsley, Fitzwilliam and Ryhill > Old Mill Lane campus

Rotherham via Ecclesfield and Chapeltown > Old Mill Lane campus

These bus routes are completely free for our students and operate on a first come, first served basis. Each route operates to ensure students get to college before lessons start and a return service is provided after lessons finish. Please contact Student Services for details of pick-up points and times or go to:

*Terms and conditions apply16 +44 (0)1226 216 123




Future opportunities

Employment; Landscaper, Grounds person, Garden centre assistant, Gardener.

Education: You can progress onto an Apprenticeship or you can also complete higher level qualifications, including the Level 3 Extended Diploma in Horticulture.

Further information

Additional Learning Support

Our Additional Learning Support team can provide you with the support you need. Please contact the Additional Learning Support team on +44 (0)1226 216 769.

Information Unit

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: +44 (0)1226 216 123



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: 23 August 2017
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