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Horticulture Apprenticeship Level 2 at Bedford College

Course description

This Apprenticeship will ensure that you develop the skills and knowledge required by employers in the horticulture industry. The course will allow you to choose a pathway that suits your skills, including: Production Horticulture; Parks, Gardens and Green Space; Landscaping and Sports Turf. This course will combine the practical hands-on experience of the workplace with the knowledge and understanding gained through a College course, and is a great opportunity if you are motivated to train with experienced professionals in the workplace. This Apprenticeship will take up to two years to complete.

Course content

The competence-based element:

  • City & Guilds Level 2 Diploma in Work-based Horticulture.
  • The knowledge-based multiple choice test, which is based on three units from the Diploma.
  • Functional Skills in Maths and English (Level 1 Minimum), as well as additional vocational qualifications. 
  • First Aid (one day course)
  • One occupational test; for example, PA1 and PA6A
  • Employee Rights and Responsibilities


In order to achieve the Level 2 Diploma in Horticulture a minimum of 37 credits must be obtained.

Units you could be studying include:

  • Monitoring and maintaining health and safety
  • Maintaining and developing personal performance
  • Establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with others.


You will also study one accredited, legislative or nationally recognised occupational test relevant to the industry.

This can include:

  • Safe Use of Pesticides (PA1)
  • Cylinder and Rotary Operated Pedestrian Mowers
  • Chainsaw and Related Operations
  • Safe Use of Hedge Trimmers
  • Tractor Driving and Related Operations
  • Safe Use of Powered Cultivators
  • Safe Use of Turf Maintenance Equipment
  • Ride-on Mowers
  • Brushwood Chipper Operations.

Entry requirements

In order to begin this course you will need to be employed full-time in a relevant role, as well as having achieved a minimum of two GCSEs at grade D or above.


Your knowledge of the core units within the main qualification will be assessed by a portfolio of evidence; Functional Skills in Maths and English will be assessed by a portfolio and an online assessment.

Future opportunities

Upon successful completion of this course you could have the opportunity to progress within the horticulture industry by progressing to the Advanced Apprenticeship in Horticulture (subject to employment). You could also progress on to studying Further Education courses, such as: • Level 3 Certificate in Work-based Horticulture • Level 3 Diploma in Work-based Horticulture • Level 3 Certificate in Garden Design • Level 3 Diploma in Garden and Planting Design • Level 3 BTEC Diploma/Extended Diploma in Horticulture • Level 3 Diploma in Principles and Practices of Horticulture.

Further information

If you are aged 19+ then there is an employer contribution

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 05 February 2016
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