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Horticulture Level 1 at Peterborough Regional College

Course description

If you enjoy being active and working outdoors then this course could be for you. The practical approach will prepare you for a career in horticulture, working in jobs such as landscaping, gardening, nursery plant production, grounds or sports turf maintenance.

Course content

• Using and maintaining a range of machinery and tools • Propagation techniques (e.g. producing plants from seed,cuttings and division) • Growing vegetables and other plants in greenhouses and outdoors • Preparing soil • Planting plants, shrubs and trees • Caring for plants, beds and borders • Pruning techniques • Lifting and dividing herbaceous plants • Growing and caring for lawns • Identifying a range of plants • Functional maths and English skills • Employability, supervisory and team working skills

Entry requirements

You will need an entry level qualification or equivalent, as well as the ability to follow instructions, work safely and interact with members of the public. You will also need to be practical and have a keen interest in working outdoors.


Your tutor will assess you by observing your practical skills during the sessions. Some oral questioning will also be used to support your progress. Your tutor will provide you with thorough feedback to develop your skills and knowledge to industry standards.


Financial information

You will be required to buy protective clothing such as safety boots, work clothes and water proof outdoor clothing. Stationary such as pens, pencils, a writing pad and folder will also be essential. Visits to local attractions and organisations will be
arranged throughout your course and some additional entry fees may be required.

The course is vocational and is taught by experienced and qualified members of staff. Practical work is regularly carried out off site with local partner organisations. This work is valuable in developing your practical skills in realistic work settings.

Future opportunities

The completion of this course (along with the achievement of maths and English) may enable you to progress to the next level of study. It also provides a solid foundation for students to progress in the horticultural industry. It will prepare you for work in a range of horticultural environments including landscape gardens, nurseries, golf courses, retail outlets.

Further information

You will be required to attend a Welcome Event, details will be provided upon application.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 19 October 2017
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    • At Peterborough Regional College  we want you to be successful both during your time at College and anything you decide to do afterwards. No two students are the same and we understand the important of valuing people as individuals and recognise that sometimes there are barriers that may get in the way of people reaching their full potential. The support services within PRC exist to help remove them barriers. Through our various services we can provide a network of support to help you get the most out of your course.