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Horticulture Introduction and Retail Skills at Weymouth College

Course description

This introductory course is for school leavers or adults with an interest in horticulture and retail wishing to improve their basic communication and writing skills. Students will gain the skills to enhance their career prospects and progress to more advanced courses.

Course content

Students will learn how to cultivate and care for plants, and assist in creating and maintaining a sensory garden. Students will work in the College garden centre and retail shops to develop skills in customer care. Students will learn about the following: • health and safety in the workplace and the principles of good working practice • building work relationships, interpersonal skills and working successfully as a team • propagation, growing, planting and maintaining plants. Students will learn about growing crops such as seasonal vegetables, Herbs and salad crops. Students will harvest crops to supply the Hix restaurant with fresh produce. • decorative horticulture, design, planted baskets, giftware and cut flowers • retail skills, creating shop displays, window dressing and stock control. Students will also learn about working as a volunteer and obtain interview and job-seeking skills. There is an action-packed, activity-filled residential stay at Kelly College. In addition, there will be other fun days out to garden centres and plant nurseries, and the opportunity to volunteer in local community projects. Functional Skills These are the skills that are commonly needed for success in a range of activities in education and training, work and life in general: • Maths • English • Computer skills (ICT).

Entry requirements

No specific entry requirements are required, but students must show, through an interview, committment to the course. No experience of horticulture is necessary.


The course is assessed through a portfolio of evidence; these can be written pieces, witness statements or photographs. English, maths and ICT are assessed through formal exams, which can be taken when the student is ready.

Future opportunities

On successful completion, students will be encouraged to progress to the Level 2 Certificate in Horticulture.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 21 June 2016
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