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Horticulture C&G 90 Credit Diploma Level 3 at Kingston Maurward College

Course description

Employers are looking for people with practical skills and in-depth knowledge of plants, soils, landscaping and design, plus a sound business sense. This one year course will help you establish an all round understanding of horticultural principles and practices whilst working and learning in the Grade 2 listed Kingston Maurward gardens.

It is suitable for anyone interested in a career working within the ‘green’ industries and would appeal to people with many different skill sets and interests – creative, scientific, energetic and entrepreneurial. You will also benefit from work experience where you will make essential contacts within the horticultural industry and perfect your knowledge.

This course forms the first year of the two year Level 3 Extended Diploma in Horticulture. Successfully completing the 90 Credit Diploma will allow you to fast track directly into the second year of the Level 3 Extended Diploma in Horticulture and complete a higher qualification.

Course content

Units include:

  • Plant propagation – glasshouse and nursery techniques
  • Garden design
  • Plant science
  • Decorative horticulture, including plant establishment & pruning
  • Horticulture production
  • Hard landscape construction
  • Horticultural machinery and operation
  • Maintain turf in parks and gardens
  • Plant knowledge and identification
  • Weekly work experience and a 3 week block at Easter for work placement

Entry requirements

4 GCSEs at grades A*-C, including English and maths. Mature students lacking formal qualifications will be considered based on previous experience. You will be required to complete a work placement. Tetanus protection is recommended.

Financial information

Courses leading to a qualification are FREE for British citizens, aged under 19 years on 31 August in the academic year you start your course.* However, there may be some additional costs for clothing/kit and trips depending on your course.  You can apply to the Bursary Fund for extra help towards the cost of transport, food, equipment or childcare.

Materials required:

Basic stationery - pens, pencils, ruler and eraser, A4 lever arch files. Protective overalls, work gloves and steel toe-capped boots - all protective equipment will be inspected by the course instructor. Practical clothing suitable for the weather conditions necessary at all times. Polo shirts and sweatshirts are available for purchase at College.

Future opportunities

Horticultural Technician Garden Designer Gardener, Supervisor in heritage and private gardens, Self employed gardener, Greenkeeper or Groundsperson, Horticultural Garden Centre Worker/Manager, Landscape Manager, Landscaper or Landscape Architect.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 27 April 2016
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