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Horticulture - Level 2 DIploma at Isle of Man College

Course description

This course is designed to give students the opportunity to help prepare for a career in the horticultural industry. The one year course will give students a comprehensive understanding of the horticulture industry as well as the practical skills required to work towards getting a position as head gardener, managing parks and public areas or running a commercial horticulture business. Alternatively the qualification could be used towards gaining acceptance onto a more advanced horticultural course or apprenticeship.

Course content

Students have to undertake work related experience in the Horticulture Industry for a minimum of 60 hours, establish and maintain plants outdoors and understand principles of some aspects of horticulture science. In addition several optional units have to be achieved which range from constructing walls, maintaining turf surfaces to identifying plant diseases.

Students will also get the opportunity to visit a range of horticulture businesses and gardens in the Isle of Man.

Entry requirements

Level 1 Diploma in Practical Horticulture Skills or 4 GCSEs grade D or above and interview.

Some practical experience in the industry would be beneficial if gaining entry with GCSEs.

Enthusiasm for learning about horticulture as well as gaining some lifelong practical skills.

Enjoy working outside in all weathers (outdoor gear will be provided).


Assessments and assignments will be undertaken throughout the course after training has been given.

To achieve the Diploma, the two mandatory units have to be achieved plus a further 40 credits (generally equating to 6 units).

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Isle of Man College directly.

Last updated date: 19 June 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September


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    • From the TT Grandstand on Glencrutchery Road turn up Greenfield road (alongside the TT score-board). The college is straight ahead at the end of Greenfield Road.