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Horticulture - Level 1 Diploma in Practical Horticulture Skills (for students aged 14-16) at Wakefield College

Course description

Horticulture level 1 is a programme that is an introduction into the practical and theoretical growing of a range of plants

Horticulturists work on plant propagation, planting, ground maintenance and crop production amongst other things.

Our Level 1 programme of study is designed to provide an introduction to Horticulture and future progression to Level 2 Diploma.

The course is very practical.

Course content

A range of practical horticulture units including:

Prepare for sowing or planting under supervision
Plant container grown subjects
Prepare soil and apply organic mulch
Water a bed, border or area of plants in containers
Cultivate land by single digging or forking
Determine soil pH with colour indicator test kit under supervision
Plant flower bulbs for naturalisation or bedding        
Prepare and plant a hanging basket       
Prepare and plant a container for display
Care for a planted area
Support Individual Stems
Support plants of wires, frames or trellis
Sow seed outdoors in drills by hand
Sow seed indoors in containers
Propagate by stem cutting
Pot up rooted cuttings, large seedlings or plugs by hand

Entry requirements

Predicted GCSE grades 3-9 in 3 subjects
Minimum Entry Level 3 in English and Maths or equivalent
A good reference from Head of Year 10 or Headteacher
A genuine interest in horticulture and a commitment to the course


Theory assessment will be short-answer questions and there will be observed practical assessments.

Financial information

Please contact the 14-16 Unit at Wakefield College for details: Tel - 01924 789742 or by email -

Future opportunities

Further study
Progression to the Level 2 Diploma in Practical Horticulture Skills.
Career Opportunities 
You will gain the skills and knowledge to work in the horticultural industry as a plant care assistant at a nursery or garden centre or work as part of a professional gardening team.

Further information

If you require further information please contact:

School staff should contact the 14-16 Unit on 01924 789742.

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: 03 July 2019
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