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Horticulture - City and Guilds Level 1 Diploma in Land Based Studies at Myerscough College

Course description

The Level 1 Diploma is an ideal first step towards a career in horticulture. It provides a basic introductory ‘hands on’ programme of study in horticulture and covers a wide range of important practical skills that are required when working with plants. It also provides a general introduction to land-based and environmental issues.

Course content

Students undertake a varied range of units; including assisting with the planting, establishment and maintenance of plants as well as the maintenance of grass surfaces and equipment. They also assist with the propagation of plants from seed and the vegetative propagation of plants (taking cuttings). Additional units include developing practical skills in plant maintenance, an introduction to ground preparation, an introduction to pruning trees and shrubs, planting and staking trees and a basic understanding of soils.

In addition to obtaining the Level 1 Diploma qualification, students may also have the opportunity to undertake supplementary awards that provide either industry-related or personal development skills.

The course is designed so that students can progress at their own speed while learning the basics of the subject as well as improving their literacy and numeracy. Extra support is also available through our Inclusive Learning and Welfare teams which can be discussed at interview.

Entry requirements

Students are normally aged 16 or over and have an interest in the subject. These courses give a practical introduction to a particular subject area. No previous qualifications are required.


Practical assessments, coursework and tests. There are no formal examinations.

Future opportunities

The qualification provides a foundation of study from which students can progress to an Intermediate qualification such as the City and Guilds Level 2 Technical Certificate in Horticulture.

Career opportunities include assisting in gardens, parks and garden centres.



Further information

With a strong public interest in gardening and plants, horticulture is becoming a
rapid growth area. Career opportunities exist for gardeners and head gardeners in both private and public parks and gardens. Additional employment areas include specialist nurseries, garden centres, local authorities and grounds maintenance contractors.

According to the Royal Horticultural Society, the horticulture industry is the largest employer in the UK, supplying 18 million gardeners. The number of garden centres continues to increase and the public demand for attractive horticultural landscapes remains strong. This means that plant growers, suppliers and managers are constantly looking for ways to improve their businesses.

Horticulture courses at Myerscough College cover an extensive range of plant production and service sector skills; from garden maintenance to landscape design and plant propagation.

Plant knowledge is fundamental to all courses and each course is designed to provide students with the skills, knowledge and understanding required for a career in horticulture. Particular emphasis is also given to the management skills required to run a successful horticultural business.

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How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 23 October 2017
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      The full-time and part-time courses on offer include Foundation Learning, Animal Studies, Arboriculture, Countryside, Horticulture and Landscape Studies.

      The Centre is one of the top performing colleges in Merseyside in terms of academic success and is committed to supporting the local community, with a high percentage of both staff and students being from the Liverpool area.