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Horticulture Apprenticeship at Lancaster and Morecambe College

Course description

As an Apprentice you really do get the best of both worlds; you will earn a salary and gain real experience in the workplace with your employer as well as working towards a nationally recognised NVQ and other qualifications. Apprenticeships are suitable for well-motivated people who are focussed and know which career path they want to follow. They offer high quality work-based training as an alternative to full time study. This programme is aimed at people who are employed, or are seeking employment. You will need to be 16 years of age or over. Apprenticeships are available at level 2 and level 3.

Course content

What does the Apprenticeship involve? • Employment, for a minimum of 30 hours per week, with training in the workplace • You will work towards a Qualification Credit Framework (QCF) plus functional skills and employment rights and responsibilities You will study the following units: • Monitoring and maintaining health and safety • Preparing ground for seeding and planting • Plant nomenclature, terminology and identification • Establishing plants and or seeds in soil • Remove unwanted plant growth to maintain development In addition you will study further units to gain 25 more credits. • Assessor visits in the workplace every 3 – 4 weeks • Employment Rights and Responsibilities • Technical Certificate • Students will receive tutorial support and take a programme of functional skills

Entry requirements

5 GCSEs at grade A*-D including English or maths OR a Level 1 related qualification. Relevant work experience will also be considered Entry criteria will be applied at the discretion of the course manager. You will have a proven interest in horticulture, enjoy working with people, and show evidence of good skills in practical subjects with a willingness to work outside in all weathers. 


This course is continuously assessed in the workplace and at college by portfolio presentation, coursework, practical assessments and exams. You will be required to undertake regular home study on this course. N.B. Assessments are based on the requirements of the awarding body and are subject to change. 

Financial information

Apprenticeship training is currently fully funded, however this is subject to change. You will need a pair of steel toe capped boots, waterproof over trousers and jacket and anything else designated by your employer.

Future opportunities

City & Guilds Level 3 Diploma in Work Based Horticulture.

Further information

On completion of this course you will receive a City & Guilds Level 2 Diploma in Work Based Horticulture.


How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Lancaster and Morecambe College directly.

Last updated date: 04 May 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Throughout the year
  • Duration: 1 Year
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