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Practical Horticulture Skills Diploma Level 1 at St Helens College

Course description

Grow your skills as you work practically on the green areas in and around St Helens College and at Sherdley Park.

You will learn how to use gardening tools, how to prepare, feed and water plants, how to apply mulch correctly, and much more.

Course content

During this course, you will cover the following units:

  • Preparing grounds for seeding or planting
  • Planting container grown subjects
  • Applying organic mulch to a bed or border
  • Water a bed, border or area of plants in containers
  • Using hand-held equipment i.e. hedge trimmers, strimmers, lawn mowers
  • Soil testing (PH)
  • Creating hanging baskets
  • Plant identification

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

After you have completed this course, you could move onto a level 2 qualification or you might decide to look for a job in the industry.

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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