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

Course description

Horticulture is the industry and science of plant cultivation including the process of preparing soil for the planting of seeds, tubers, or cuttings. Horticulturists work and conduct research in the disciplines of plant propagation and cultivation, crop production, plant breeding and genetic and plant physiology. The work involves fruits, berries, nuts, vegetables, flowers, trees, shrubs, and turf. Horticulture also refers to gardening on a smaller scale. 

Course content

Modules studied can include:
* maintain the safety of self and others in the workplace
* principles of and assist with transporting supplies of physical resources
* principles of and assist with maintaining structures and surfaces
* principles of and assist with planting and establishing plants
* principles of and assist with maintenance of equipment
* principles of and assist with the vegetative propagation of plants
* principles of and assist with the propagation of plants from seeds
* principles of and assist with identifying the presence of, and controlling common pests and diseases
* principles of and assist with preparation of growing media
Maths and English are key elements of any full-time programme of study in College. If you do not already have a GCSE at grade A*-C in these subjects, you will need to attend sessions allocated on your timetable. These are varied and designed to cater for all ability levels. You will receive advice and guidance regarding the correct level for you.
Skills in Maths and English will support your full-time course, assisting you with assignment writing, research, job applications, presentations, managing your own finances and interpretation of data, to mention just a few. They will also help you in the future. Most employers are looking for ability in these areas and the majority of university courses require you to have Maths and English GCSEs at A*-C. This is why the development of Maths and English is so important, whatever your field of study

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 a combination of short-answer questions and observed practical assessments.

Financial information

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

Future opportunities

With further training and experience you could find employment in:
arboriculture - the study of, and the selection, planting, care, and removal of, individual trees, shrubs, vines, and other perennial woody plants, floriculture - the production and marketing of floral crops, landscape horticulture - the production, marketing and maintenance of landscape plants, olericulture - the production and marketing of vegetables, fruticulture - the production and marketing of fruits, viticulture - the production and marketing of grapes, and oenology - all aspects of wine and winemaking. You could progress to our Level 2 Diploma in Work Based Horticulture.

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: 01 November 2018
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