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Horticulture Apprenticeship at Bridgwater College

Course description

The course is offered to students that would like a career within horticultural industry who wish to study through work based learning. The course places great emphasis on practical ability backed up with an understanding of the principles involved. The Apprenticeship and Advanced Apprenticehips offer high quality training, to meet the horticultural industry standards. The qualifications were designed by the industry for employers and this ensures that the training you receive will equip you with the skills needed by the horticulture industry. Bespoke training ensures candidates skill base meet the employers needs.

Course content

You will be assisted by the College to find a suitable work placement with a local employer. Whilst at work, you will receive comprehensive practical training designed to develop your competence at carrying out relevant real-life horticultural tasks that your employer will value. You will be visited regularly by a qualified Assessor to check on your progression and to ensure that you are building evidence towards your final qualification. All training is delivered in the workplace. Course content could include (depending on option chosen):

  • Working practices
  • Turf establishment and maintenance
  • Identification of weeds, pests and diseases
  • Plant protection
  • Horticultural machinery
  • Health and safety and legislation
  • Identification and use of plants
  • Decorative horticulture
  • Hard Landscaping
  • Production horticulture
  • Garden centre operations
  • Plant establishment and maintenance

Entry requirements

  • GCSEs in the A*–E range
  • Help provided to assist in finding an employer


Practical assessment takes place throughout the course. Students compile a portfolio of evidence to demonstrate their competence.

Future opportunities

Apprentices can progress to supervisory level employment within the industry or progress to Level 3 (Advanced Apprenticeship). Advanced Apprentices may progress to higher level employment or Level 4 and 5. Some Advanced apprentices go on study for a foundation degree in Horticulture at the Cannington Centre for Land Based Studies.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 17 February 2016

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