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Horticulture (Practical Skills) - Level 1 Diploma at Isle of Man College

Course description

This course is designed to give school leavers the opportunity to start a career in the horticultural industry. The one year course will give students a good basic understanding of the horticulture industry to help towards getting a job as a gardener, maintaining parks and public areas or working for a commercial horticulture business. Alternatively the qualification could be used towards gaining acceptance onto a more advanced horticultural course or apprenticeship.

Course content

Students will study four core units which include preparing soil and applying organic mulch, preparing an area for sowing/planting then planting and watering plants. Other units cover a large range of subjects including determining soil pH and texture, pruning, pricking out seedlings, using mowers and other garden machinery, identifying trees, shrubs and weeds and maintaining paved areas and repairing dry stone walls. 

In addition to training and assessments at the College, students will get the opportunity to visit and help out at other horticulture businesses and gardens in the Isle of Man.

Entry requirements

There are no academic entry requirements but those without GCSE Grade C or above in Maths and English will have the opportunity to do GCSE's or Functional Skills in these subjects. Enthusiasm for learning about horticulture as well as gaining some lifelong practical skills.

Enjoy working outside in all weathers (outdoor gear will be provided).


Practical assessments will be undertaken throughout the course after training has been given.

To achieve the Diploma, the four core units have to achieved and a further 27 credits (generally equating to 14 units).

Future opportunities

Level 2 in Horticulture at the Isle of Man College.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Isle of Man College directly.

Last updated date: 19 June 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September


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    • From the TT Grandstand on Glencrutchery Road turn up Greenfield road (alongside the TT score-board). The college is straight ahead at the end of Greenfield Road.