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Horticulture - Level 1 (AGR1) at Barnsley College

Course description

If you would like a practical job working with plants, this course is ideal for you.
Based at our Wigfield Farm campus, you will be involved in plant production, selling plants in garden centres or tending to plants in parks and gardens.

Course content

You will cover various interesting topics in horticulture combining practical work with underpinning knowledge.

  • Preparing ground for sowing and planting
  • Preparing and planting container grown subjects, bulbs and hanging baskets
  • Cultivating land by single digging and forking
  • Caring for a planted area
  • Grass and turf care
  • Tree, weed and shrub identification
  • Assessing soil texture and condition

Entry requirements

  • There are no formal entry requirements for this study programme
  • Good personal reference demonstrating acceptable level of attendance and commitment to hard work



Assessment throughout the programme will be continuous. It will consist of both observation of work activities at College and in the workplace, as well as written and oral tests of underpinning knowledge.


Financial information

If your total annual household income is less than £35,000 you could be eligible for financial support through our Learner Support Fund to help with travel. You don’t have to pay this money back. Apply to the Learner Support Fund.

You can pick up a Learner Support Fund application form from Student Services on the ground floor at the Old Mill Lane campus.

Food and Essential Equipment

You can get FREE meals and support towards the cost of essential equipment at college, if your household income is less than £20,000. Speak to Student Services to find out more on +44 (0)1226 216 267

Guaranteed bursaries

If you are aged between 16 and 18 and currently living on your own and in receipt of income support, in care or leaving care, you could be eligible for a non-repayable bursary of up to £1,200 per year.*

FREE bus services!

We realise that getting to and from college might not be very easy for everyone so we have funded four free return bus services for our students. They go to and from the Old Mill Lane campus which is just a few minutes’ walk from our Sixth Form college campus.

Shelley > Old Mill Lane campus

Stocksbridge via Penistone > Old Mill Lane campus

South Elmsall via South Kirkby, Hemsworth, Kinsley, Fitzwilliam and Ryhill > Old Mill Lane campus

Rotherham via Kimberworth, Ecclesfield and Chapeltown > Old Mill Lane campus

These bus routes are completely free for our students and operate on a first come, first served basis. Each route operates to ensure students get to college before lessons start and a return service is provided after lessons finish. Please contact Student Services for details of pick-up points and times or go to:

*Terms and conditions apply16 +44 (0)1226 216 123

Future opportunities

On completion of this programme, you may wish to progress on to Practical Horticulture Level 2.  Alternatively, you may wish to seek employment in the horticulture industry.

Further information

Additional Learning Support

Our Additional Learning Support team can provide you with the support you need. Please contact the Additional Learning Support team on +44 (0)1226 216 769.

Information Unit

We have a dedicated team available to provide information on all of our courses and to help you to make the right choices about your future. The team are based at the Old Mill Lane site.

Drop in:

Monday – Thursday 9.00am – 5.00pm

Friday 9.00am – 4.30pm

Tel: +44 (0)1226 216 123



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: 15 August 2018
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