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Land Based Studies (Horticulture) Level 1 Diploma at Oaklands College

Course description

The full title of the qualification is City and Guilds/NPTC Level 1 Award, Certificate and Diploma in Land Based Studies (0361-01). The course is 1 year (35 weeks in duration) This qualification provides a flexible introduction to the horticultural industry that can be achieved unit by unit. This programme includes the following units: Safe & Effective Working Practices, Develop Performance, and contribute to the Propagation, Establishment and Maintenance of Plants and Lawns and to assist with Maintenance of Structures & Surfaces. At the end of the course you will achieve a level 1 Diploma. As this course is part of the foundation learning tier you will be required to complete functional skills in maths and/or English at a level suitable to your ability. You will also be required to complete a Personal Development skills qualification.

Course content

The course is highly practical in nature and its purpose is to provide centre-based provision designed to act as a starting point for people who may want to progress into further education and/or employment in the horticultural sector (i.e. gardener, landscaper, nursery worker, groundsman, golf greenkeeper etc) You will learn about health and safety in the workplace and general horticulture aspects such as plant establishment and maintenance, Plant identification and propagation, lawn care, care of shrubs and trees and the use and care of tools used in the industry.

Entry requirements

You will need GCSE passes at Grade E or above including English and Maths or be able to demonstrate that you are working at this level. in addition you should be able to demonstrate practical skills at a level one standard. Alternatively if you have successfully completed an Entry Level 3 Vocational Skills course and are able to demonstrate the ability to work at the required level 1 standard you will be invited for interview. All applications are subject to an interview and successful completion of BKSB initial assessment at a suitable level. The interview process may also include a short practical exercise.

This course is specifically designed for learners who are new to Horticulture. It covers a wide range of practical tasks that will enable you to feel confident about working within the industry, whether in a garden centre or working for a garden maintenance company. If you enjoy working outdoors and have an interest in gardening, then this could be the course for you.


Throughout the year learners will need to demonstrate their competence and understanding of horticulture; this will be assessed through practical assessments and short written tests. In addition candidates will need to pass an online multiple choice test in Health and Safety.

Financial information

16-18 years old, no tuition fees apply to Full Time courses and fees subject to confirmation. Additional costs applicable to BHS courses.

Future opportunities

Students obtaining the full qualification may progress on to a Level 2 programme in Horticulture; This will be subject to satisfactory interview results and demonstration of academic and practical ability (i.e. GCSE results or BKSB assessment results).

Further information

In addition to your main course, you will study for Functional Skills in either English and or Maths and a Personal Skills Development Award

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 09 September 2016
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