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Horticulture - L2 7573 Diploma Practical Horticulture - Hard Landscaping Option - Plumpton at Plumpton College

Course description

If landscaping is for you, this course will give you all of the practical skills you'll need. You'll be able to discover a variety of techniques that will enable you to carry out both grounds maintenance and practical landscaping.

At the same time, you'll also learn basic design concepts and how best to use materials. You'll be able to choose whether to use your skills in employment or to build on your knowledge through further training. 

Course content

You can look forward to a varied programme of modules that also includes a work placement. You'll also continue your English and Maths up to GCSE level. Modules include: 


  • Close board, panel and post and rail fencing
  • Laying and repairing of ornamental turf
  • Machinery use and maintenance
  • Planting and setting out to a plan
  • Site surveying and setting out measurements to a plan.

Additional qualifications

You can also choose to study for the NPTC Abrasive Wheels. 

Entry requirements

  • You'll need to have achieved 2 or more GCSEs between grade 9-3 (previous grade structure A-D) 
  • Successful completion of a related Level 1 qualification plus GCSE English and Maths 

Mature students without the above requirements will be considered

Future opportunities

By completing this course, you'll be able to go on to complete on of three Level 3 Horticulture programmes or into employment in the hard landscaping industry, an apprenticeship scheme or work as a Garden Maintenance Contractor, Garden Maintenance Technician or Landscaping Technician. 

Further information

3 days per week plus 1 day work experience

If you're thinking of horticulture, Plumpton is one of the finest locations for you to enjoy developing your creativity We've got the amazing backdrop of the South Downs just waiting for you to discover. Our extensively planted areas make sure that you get the chance to gain a broad experience in plant identification and plant maintenance. You'll be able to experience our endangered plant collections of Black Poplars and National Collection of Hebes, plus our connection with Kew Gardens and the endangered plant network. you'll be able to use our large area under glass which means that you'll be able to grow plants all your round to a commercial level. We also have a large landscaping centre where you'll be able to develop your brickwork and paving. 

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.