About the Course

This course introduces students to working with plants and landscaping, this course provides a useful background to the horticultural industry and demonstrates the variety of different career paths that exist. You will gain an understanding of the importance of amenity horticulture and be qualified to help in the maintenance of plants in nurseries and gardens.

Areas of Study

Plant and soil science, establish and maintain plants outdoors, Landscape construction, estate maintenance, machinery and sports/amenity turf maintenance.

Work Placements

In addition to the above units you will also undertake an industry experience unit. This will entail working on the college grounds on 'live' projects where the emphasis is on working to industry standards. Assessment for this will be by an broad portfolio of evidence showing your achievements/developments in the work placement enhancing your employability skills.

Method of Assessment

Each unit studied comprises of four learning outcomes with pass, merit and distinction for each outcome. These are assessed using a wide variety of methods including practical observation, orals, multiple choice questions, written assessments, open book exams and formal written assessments.

After Completion of Your Course...

Progress to a higher level qualification, such as the full-time Extended Diploma in Horticulture or an Apprenticeship programme. You may also be suitable for employment as an assistant gardener or move into greenkeeping and groundsmanship.

Students who wish to progress onto a higher course will need to achieve a minimum of a Distinction on the Level 2 Diploma course.

FEES - Level 2 Diploma in Horticulture Tuition Fees 2014/15

Students under 19 years of age on 31st August 2014

You will pay no tuition, registration or examination fees for the duration of your course.

Tuition Fees - Students aged 19 or over on 31st August 2014

You will be liable to pay:

An annual tuition fee of £1,590

Your tuition fees may be waived by the College if you fall into one of the categories below (under current funding rules, may change for 2014/15:

On Job Seekers Allowance or Employment and Support Allowance

19-23 years old and undertaking your first full level 2 qualification

19-24 years old and undertaking your first full level 3 qualification

in receipt of certain other benefits and undertaking a course to develop skills to enable you to enter employment

Diploma in Horticulture - Level 2

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