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Horticulture -Level 2 Diploma in Practical Horticulture Skills 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. It has recently been reported that there is a shortage of workers with skills in horticulture. Our Level 2 programme of study is designed to develop further the skills learnt at level 1 although it would also be suitable for some learners to start at this level and to prepare for progression to a level 3 qualification in horticulture.
All practical activities involve cultivating and maintaining college grounds at the City Campus where students will also study theory subjects. There will be opportunities to also work on external projects.

Course content

For the equivalent of two days a week you will be working on the practical elements of the course where you will learn by building skills and professional techniques and knowledge working on developing and maintaining college grounds. You will be required to work as a team and develop your own personal skills as well as gain an understanding of background theory that you can put into practice. You will also develop your skills in maths and English delivered by specialist staff. There will also be an opportunity to complete a period of work experience.

Entry requirements

5 GCSEs at A*-D (or new grade 9-3)
Level 1 Horticulture qualification


For each of the units there will be a practical observation and some short questions to answer.

Financial information

Tuition and certification are free if you are aged 16-18 years old. Related additional costs may include materials, equipment, visits, residentials etc which are payable by all students.
Any student entered/registered with an Awarding Body who has been given free entry and then withdraws or is withdrawn by a tutor will incur the certification fee associated with the course. Any resit examination will incur a cost.

Different fees apply to international students.

For more detailed information on financial support and fees for students aged 19+ please contact the Financial Support Team on 01924 789304.

Future opportunities

Further study

Progression is possible to a Level 3 Diploma in Horticulture or similar qualification.

Career opportunities

On completion of the course it could lead to employment  in  the following areas: Agricultural/Horticultural Technician, Gardener, Horticultural Garden Centre Worker  or Landscaper.

Further information

If you require further information please contact: The Course Information Team on 01924 789111


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 April 2019
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