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Horticulture/Landscaping Level 2 Diploma at Warwickshire College Group

Course description

Grow into a career in Horticulture with a Level 2 Diploma.  The horticultural industry is one of the largest industries in the UK and offers a wide range of job opportunities.  You will learn about a wide range of subjects involved in horticulture/landscaping and the horticulture/landscaping  industry. As well as learning about plant and soil science, the course covers planting, landscape features and maintenance, and the use of machinery.

Course content

Typical modules studied are (not all may be covered):

Plant and Soil Science.  You will study an introduction in plant structure and plant physiology.  You will also learn about the chemical and physical characteristics of the soil.

Work Related Experience.  You will learn about job roles and skills required in the relevant Landbased sector, as well as planning and reviewing work experience. This will help you prepare for future employment.

Principles of Landbased Machinery.  This unit is designed to provide you with knowledge and understanding of basic working principles of Land-based powered equipment. The maintenance and the safe use of machinery will also be studied.

Establish and Maintain Plants Outdoors.  This unit deals with the principles of planting and maintaining hardy plants, including trees, shrubs, and herbaceous plants in a range of situations. Preparation of the site is also covered.

Introduction to Plant Nomenclature and Identification.  The aim of this unit is to provide you with the knowledge and skills required to identify and botanically name a range of plants using the correct terminology and format.

Construct Landscape Foundations.  This unit involves you in preparing sites for landscaping and using a range of materials to prepare and instal foundations and final horizontal surfaces.  It does not extend beyond the basic aspects into areas such as steps. 

Construct Garden Walls.  The unit requires you to be aware of suitable foundations, to construct brick and block walls and understand the principles of garden wall construction.

Entry requirements

  • 4 GCSEs grade D or above
  • and/or suitable level 1 qualification
  • and a positive reference

Applicants should be at, or working towards, a Level 1 in English Language and Maths.


Assessment will be carried out by a combination of practical and theory methods. The assessments will be planned at the start and take place throughout the year.  You will produce a portfolio of work.

Future opportunities

The horticultural industry has a wide range of employment options including working in amenity, landscape or production horticulture. Students educated at Pershore College have been very successful in gaining employment in the industry. Alternatively you may wish to progress onto a Level 3 90 Credit Diploma in Horticulture.

Job opportunities include such as garden centres, landscaping firms, National Trust.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 19 January 2017
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