Latest news - We have opened the waiting list for students wishing to start this course in September 2016, with interviews and visits being held throughout April/May.  lease contact us if you are interested in joining this course.


About the Course

This course introduces students to the basic practical skills necessary to work in the horticulture industry or to gain entry to the Level 2 horticultural programmes. It will provide opportunities for you to develop your plant knowledge, basic horticultural science and planning of horticultural activities. You will have the chance to develop personal skills and attributes essential for successful performance in working life such as working in a team, self management and interview skills.

Areas of Study

A range of units are studied, covering ground preparation, planting, propagation and maintaining plants, safe working practices and maintenance of equipment. You will also undertake units in developing skills such as working in a team and interview skills.

Method of Assessment Each unit has specified assessment criteria which must be passed. Many of the assessments will be practical but other assessment methods such as written reports, multiple choice questions, workbooks, presentations and posters may be used.

Work Placements

In addition to the above units you will also undertake an onsite work placement for one day a week. This will include practical duties on our campus and gardens working alongside the grounds staff. Your activities on site will be recorded in a portfolio and assessed throughout the year. This may include experience in working in glass houses, landscape works, estate work and fine turf.


It is highly recommended that the remaining two days of the week are spent on work experience with a related horticultural company.


After Completion of Your Course...

Progress to a higher level qualification, such as the Level 2 Diploma in Horticulture. You may also be suitable for employment, for example as an assistant gardener.


Please note: It is also possible for students to undertake units with a more agricultural or countryside/environmental theme.


Fees - Level 1 Diploma in Land-based Studies 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.


You will be liable to pay:

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 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

BTEC Level 1 Diploma Land-based Studies

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