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Skills Pathway: Horticulture Level 1 at Harington Scheme

Course description

Skills Pathway: Horticulture

  • City & Guilds Skills for Working Life (Land-based) - Entry 2 & 3
  • City & Guilds Practical Horticulture Level 1
  • OCN Progression - Entry 3 - Level 1
  • OCN Personal Progress Entry 1
  • OCN Independent Living Skills Entry level 
  • OCN Using Employability Skills Entry level
  • Functional Skills English - Entry 1 - Level 2
  • Functional Skills Maths - Entry 1 - Level 2
  • Functional Skills ICT - Entry 2 - Level 2

This course includes units covering personal and social development and employability.

Learners are encouraged to work on their English and maths and ICT as part of the skills pathway.


Course content

This is a great course if you like working outdoors. If you want to be a gardener it's a good starting point, but lots of the skills you will learn can be used in any job. We have a large site, with a greenhouse, polytunnel and shade tunnel, where you learn about gardening and our own gardening company that employs some of the leavers each year.

Entry requirements

Applicants should be interested in learning more about horticulture, but they do not need any special entry qualifications. Applicants usually complete a course taster as part of their application, so that they can experience the course and find out first hand what Harington has to offer, whilst the staff team look at what skills the applicant already has and what they would need to work on if they were to join a course at Harington.

You need to be aged 16 - 18, or up to 24 years if you had extra help because of your learning difficulties/disability at school. You should be looking for a course at level one or below, and not yet ready to access level two courses.


Learners build up a portfoilo of work as the course progresses, which will have lots of evidence of their work. It might have photographs of their work, statements from people who have seen them working describing what they saw, checklists from qualified staff describing what happended when the learner showed them how to do a task and other sorts of evidence.

The course is assessd by the examiner looking at the portfolio, rather than by a formal exam.


Financial information

Courses are free of charge for eligible learners. Learners meeting certain eligibility criteria can apply for a bursary and/or free meals.

Future opportunities

Learners are encouraged to do work experience and develop their employabilty skills whilst at Harington. Some of our Horticulture Learners take up paid work or an apprentship at the Harington Gardners at the end of their training, others are supported into work , others move on to further learning.

The Progression Team provide Aftercare to leavers, helping to make sure that they make a smooth transition from Harington.

In 2010/11 72% of learners leaving Haringon moved on to paid work or further learning.

Further information

For further information, call Mandy or Michelle on 202 8341 9089, or visit the website

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Harington Scheme directly.

Last updated date: 29 October 2014
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    • Harington has 1.8 acres of very attractive green space, the classrooms have garden views and make a lovely setting for learning.  There are fixed computers in the IT suite as well as laptops that can be used within any of the classrooms as appropriate.  Horticulture learners often use the greenhouse or one of the pollytunnels as a learning space, along with the vegetables plots, flower beds, walled garden and wild life area with ponds.  Retail learners have lots of options when planning their enterprise projects, and can use the Harington Produce Stall to develop their skills alongside their work experience placements.  Harington has excellent links with employers, who offer learners work experience placements to help develop the skills employers are looking for, with regular reviews to make sure that everyone gets lots of feedback.  The Job Coach support in the workplace gives all learners the opportunity to become confident in their placement.