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Practical Horticulture Skills Certificate Level 1 at St Helens College

Course description

You'll be learning about all aspects of horticulture on this course, including how to grow plants from seeds, landscaping, looking after turf, and using tools and equipment.

It will give you your first taste of what working in horticulture is like, as you look after the green areas in and around St Helens College, Sherdley Park and Walton Hall Gardens.

Course content

During this course, you will cover the following units:

  • Maintaining health and safety working practices
  • Assisting with establishing plants
  • Assisting with maintaining plants

In addition to the above, you will also have the opportunity to choose from the following:

  • Assisting with propagation of plants by seed
  • Assisting with propagation of plants by vegetative methods
  • Assisting with identifying the presence of and controlling common pests and diseases
  • Maintaining turf
  • Use of horticulture machinery i.e. strimmers, cultivator, hedge trimmers

Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements.


You will be assessed by project work and practical demonstrations. There are no formal exams.

Financial information

If you are a school leaver, aged 16-18, (under the age of 19 on or before 31st August 2016), you do not pay tuition fees or examination and registration fees and may be eligible for additional support depending on your financial situation.

Future opportunities

Once you've completed this course you'll be able to progress onto one of our level 2 courses. However, you may choose to look for a position in the industry at assistant level.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 02 September 2016

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