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Horticulture - Level 2 Diploma Practical Horticultural Skills - Stanmer at Plumpton College

Course description

If you're thinking of starting a career in horticulture, this course will be a brilliant start for you. it's also ideal if you're thinking of a change of career or just looking to add more skills.

There are loads of different choice when it comes to horticulture. Perhaps you'll choose to work in conservation, landscaping or in the decorative sector. A fantastic industry that makes the most of nature,  your course will help you to discover the amazing flora that exist and how they can help you on your journey to a successful career. 

Course content

You can look forward to a varied programme of modules that also includes a work placement. You'll also continue your English and Maths up to GCSE level. Modules include: 


  • Plant and soil science
  • Plant use and maintenance
  • Plant propagation 

Once you've completed the first stage of your course, you'll have the choice of two options: 

  1. Landscaping and machinery horticulture including constructing landscape surfaces and land-based machinery
  2. Sustainability and organic horticulture including principles of sustainable horticulture and organic horticulture. 

Additional qualifications 

You can also choose to study your Level 1 Certificate in Practical Horticultural Skills. 

Entry requirements

  • You'll need to have achieved 2 or more GCSEs between grade 9-3 (previous grade structure A-D)
  • Successful completion of a related Level 1 qualification plus GCSE English and Maths

Mature students without the above requirements will be considered. 

Financial information

Tuition Fee:

  • 16-18 exempt

Assessment Fee:

  • 16-18 exempt


For students aged 19 plus please contact Admissions for further fee information:

01273 892082

Future opportunities

By completing this course, you'll be able to go on to complete on of three Level 3 Horticulture programmes or into employment as an Estate Gardener, Grounds Maintenance Contractor, Groundsman, Landscaper or Nursery Worker.

Further information


If you're thinking of horticulture, Plumpton is one of the finest locations for you to enjoy developing your creativity We've got the amazing backdrop of the South Downs just waiting for you to discover. Our extensively planted areas make sure that you get the chance to gain a broad experience in plant identification and plant maintenance. You'll be able to experience our endangered plant collections of Black Poplars and National Collection of Hebes, plus our connection with Kew Gardens and the endangered plant network. you'll be able to use our large area under glass which means that you'll be able to grow plants all your round to a commercial level. We also have a large landscaping centre where you'll be able to develop your brickwork and paving. 

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 23 January 2018
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    • The facilities are within the grounds of the park and include classrooms with access to a library, glasshouses, polythene tunnels, an extensive range of demonstration plots, specialist features including lawns, ponds, decorative areas and vegetable plots.

      A planted  Palm House, which was originally part of Brighton Parks resource provides a superb site for a range of half hardy plant material and  associated plant identification.

      A laboratory and tissue culture facility is also available where the micropropagation of a  range of plants is carried out thus showing and allowing students to participate in the raising of difficult  to grow plants.

      Courses cater for both full-time and part time provision with a range of both vocational and amateur programmes available.

      An increasing range of land based  courses is available at the centre with increased provision for 16-18yr olds and school groups.

      Free Taster course are available on three occasions throughout the year aimed at yrs 9, 10 and 11 students offering a range of practical skills in an exciting day for those wishing to see what horticulture can offer as a vocation.