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Horticulture - L1 Diploma Land based studies - Plumpton at Plumpton College

Course description

This is a practical based qualification that is specifically aimed at providing a solid foundation for the many aspects of horticulture. 

Course content

  • Safe and effective working practices in land-based industries
  • Team work and working alone in land-based industries
  • Identify plants
  • Propagation of plants
  • Establishment of Plants
  • Maintenance of Plants
  • Establishment and maintenance of Turf
  • Literacy and Numeracy development

Entry requirements

  • You'll need to have achieved 1 or more GCSes grades 2-1 (previous grade structure E-G) or another related Entry Level 3 qualification
  • Completion of the Rural Pathways programme and a strong interest in horticulture
  • Successful completion of a Level 1 course in another area

Mature students will be assessed for suitability on an individual basis at interview.

Future opportunities

This course could lead you on to:

  • Level 2 Diploma Horticulture
  • Level 2 Diploma Practical Horticulture Skills (Hard Landscaping)
  • Level 1 Traineeships
  • Level 2 apprenticeships
  • Gardening assistant
  • Nursery assistant
  • Garden centre assistant
  • Turf care assistant

Further information

3 days per week plus 1 day work experience

Our horticulture facilities at Plumpton are pretty impressive. In fact you’ll get to experience one of the finest natural locations in the country, perfect for developing your creativity. Whether indoors or outdoors, you’ll be able to build your skills in an excellent environment.

  • Discover our extensively planted areas on-site at Plumpton

As you build your knowledge, you’ll be able to gain a wide experience of being able to identify and maintain different plants.

  • Experience our endangered plant collections at first hand

You’ll be able to experience our Black Poplars and National collection of Hebes, in addition to our endangered plant network connection with Kew Gardens.

  • Grow plants all year round here

We’ve got an excellent large area under glass where you’ll be able to grow plants without the risk of the weather, up to a commercial level.

  • Build even more skills at Plumpton

You’ll be able to develop your brickwork skills and paving at our large landscaping centre.

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 January 2018
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    • The main Plumpton College site is located at the foot of the picturesque South Downs National Park. Six miles from Lewes, the County Town of East Sussex.

      The College specialises in providing a wide range of land-based courses in partnership with schools, for those in further education and for those in higher education. The College degree courses are validated by the University of Brighton.

      The range of courses cover all land-based provision including Agriculture, Horticulture, Floristry, Equine, Agricultural and Horticultural Machinery, Metalsmithing, Animal Care, Countryside Management, Forestry and Arboriculture, Sports (Outdoor Adventure) and Wine and Viticulture.