Horticulture Level 1 at Sheffield College
This is a 1 year full time course.
About the course
If you want to be a gardener, maintain sports turf as a greenkeeper or groundsperson or work in a garden centre the Level 1 Horticulture could be the course for you. It is a practical craft course providing a good introduction to the horticultural industry and the development of basic horticultural skills.
On this course you will learn about, maintaining gardens, ground preparation and planting, pruning shrubs and trees, clearing garden sites and re-landscaping, health and safety, using and maintaining horticultural tools and machinery, and working in glasshouses. You will work as part of a team and in the community. Approximately 85% of the course is practical and 15% is classroom work.
Course enrichment activities include visits to local parks, gardens and garden centres. Once each term there is some experience of work with practical assessments at local parks.
In addition to your horticulture qualification you will also study for Functional Skills qualifications in English and Maths.
Staff and Facilities
You will learn from staff with a range of horticulture qualifications and backgrounds and have the opportunity to work with local employers or voluntary organisations in the area. The excellent facilities, which have been constructed during 2014, include the latest industry standard workshops, new fully automated glasshouses, horticultural equipment and machinery.
Will the course suit me?
You should be practically minded and like working outdoors in all seasons. You need to be able to undertake a range of horticultural tasks including lifting and moving, ground preparation and planting.
City and Guilds Level 1 Diploma in Horticulture
What students say about this course
“The course is very good. I learnt how to do lots of new things”
“I enjoy this course because it’s a job I like”
“The college is a life changing place”
“You learn a lot of things to help you get the job you want”
“The college is well maintained and has great facilities”
4 GCSEs at Grade 2 or above including English Language
Horticulture Level 1 is assessed by on-going practical assessments throughout the year.
There are no final exams for horticulture level 1 but you may need to take exams for English and Maths.
At The Sheffield College we will always do our best to support you through your studies, to make them as stress free as possible. We have a specialist support team who can give you all the advice you need on all things financial, including what might be available to you, so that you don’t go short and you can concentrate all your efforts into your studies.
If you meet the eligibility criteria we’ll be able to support you with free meals. You’ll get an amount of money that you can use within the college shops and diners per day. This will be added to your student ID card which you will just swipe to purchase items.
Students (including Apprentices) of The Sheffield College who live in South Yorkshire are eligible for a 16–18 Student Pass which entitles pass holders to cheaper travel on buses and trams in South Yorkshire. Pass holders are also entitled to half fare on Northern train services in South Yorkshire.
Learner Support Fund
If you are enrolled with us, you may receive support towards the cost of:
Books and materials
Uniform and equipment
Essential course trips
- DBS checks needed for your course (previously known as CRB)
UCAS registration fee and travel to interviews when applying for university
Successful completion of this course can lead to our Horticulture Level 2 Diploma course.
Future employment opportunities could include working in: garden centres, landscape gardening, green keeping and grounds maintenance, parks/historical gardens or retail gardening outlets.
Why not come and see for yourself. Visit us on one of our open evenings and meet the people who will be teaching you, have a chat about what the course involves and look round our fantastic facilities where you’ll be learning.
Our City, Hillsborough, Peaks and Olive Grove campuses will be open on the following days:
Thursday 25th October 2018 4pm -7pm
Wednesday 21st November 2018 4pm-7pm
Tuesday 29th January 2019 4pm-7pm
Monday 4th March 2019 4pm-7pm
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.