Skills Pathway: Horticulture Entry Level at Harington Scheme
Skills Pathway: Horticulture
- City & Guilds Skills for Working Life (Land-based) - Entry 2 & 3
- City & Guilds Practical Horticulture Level 1
- OCN Progression - Entry 3 - Level 1
- OCN Personal Progress Entry 1
- OCN Independent Living Skills Entry level
- OCN Using Employability Skills Entry level
- Functional Skills English - Entry 1 - Level 2
- Functional Skills Maths - Entry 1 - Level 2
- Functional Skills ICT - Entry 2 - Level 2
This course includes units covering personal and social development and employability.
Learners are encouraged to work on their English and maths and ICT as part of the skills pathway.
This is a great course if you like working outdoors. If you want to be a gardener it's a good starting point, but lots of the skills you will learn can be used in any job. We have a large site, with a greenhouse, polytunnel and shade tunnel, where you learn about gardening and our own gardening company that employs some of the leavers each year.
Applicants should be interested in learning more about horticulture, but they do not need any special entry qualifications. Applicants usually complete a course taster as part of their application, so that they can experience the course and find out first hand what Harington has to offer, whilst the staff team look at what skills the applicant already has and what they would need to work on if they were to join a course at Harington.
You need to be aged 16 - 18, or up to 24 years if you had extra help because of your learning difficulties/disability at school. You should be looking for a course at level one or below, and not yet ready to access level two courses.
Learners build up a portfoilo of work as the course progresses, which will have lots of evidence of their work. It might have photographs of their work, statements from people who have seen them working describing what they saw, checklists from qualified staff describing what happended when the learner showed them how to do a task and other sorts of evidence.
The course is assessd by the examiner looking at the portfolio, rather than by a formal exam.
Courses are free of charge for eligible learners. Learners meeting certain eligibility criteria can apply for a bursary and/or free meals.
Learners are encouraged to do work experience and develop their employabilty skills whilst at Harington. Some of our Horticulture Learners take up paid work or an apprentship at the Harington Gardners at the end of their training, others are supported into work , others move on to further learning.
The Progression Team provide Aftercare to leavers, helping to make sure that they make a smooth transition from Harington.
In 2010/11 72% of learners leaving Haringon moved on to paid work or further learning.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Harington Scheme directly.