This course is the perfect starting point for someone who wants to pursue a career in horticulture. With over 300,000 people employed in horticulture in the UK, the industry covers a wide range of general and more specialist careers.
Amenity horticulture – The design, construction, management and maintenance of the plants and facilities within a range of gardens (private, historical, botanic, public parks and green spaces).
Production horticulture – Growing ornamental plants, flower and tree production (including retail nursery outlets) and food production.
Sports turf – its construction and ongoing maintenance.
This course is very much orientated towards providing learners with the building blocks of plant-based practical skills and knowledge, giving you the perfect starting point to your career.
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You are starting your career in horticulture or you have completed a one year full-time horticulture course already or A Levels at college.
Alternatively you could already be in employment with a suitable employer and want to increase your knowledge and skills, as well as attaining a recognisable level of educational achievement.
The employer must be able to provide the range of on-the-job training required, and this will be assessed at the application stage.
Level 3 English and maths.
All apprentices will be expected to work toward their Level 2 Functional Skills in English and maths at college if grade 4 GCSE or equivalent is not already achieved.
The course is set out over 17 core units, covering a wide range of topics at college and at your place of work, with both the college and employer taking responsibility for your training and education.
College days will be a combination of classroom and practical work, with some days out and visits.
Areas covered include:
- Plant identification
- Use of equipment and machinery
- Plant establishment and maintenance
- Industry understanding and business skills
- Plant growth and health
College is day release and you will have regular one to one visits during work time from your assessor/work coach who will support you with your training and assess your capability throughout the course through assessments. Your employer will also undertake regular appraisals in order to ensure that you are maintaining good progress through the apprenticeship.
Throughout the course you will be required to keep a learning journal, which is a diary of your work-based experiences and activities. There will also be the creation of a plant portfolio.
To complete the course, there will be an assessment day (End Point Assessment) where you will be required to carry out a range of practical tasks, complete a multiple choice question paper and have a professional discussion with the assessor confirming your knowledge and understanding of the industry and your job role.
You will be taught by a team of staff who have a lifetime of experience in the industry and are genuinely passionate about their subject area as well as industry partners, so what you are taught is relevant and up to date.
There will be a range of off-site visits linked to your qualification to enable learners to increase their knowledge and a clearer view of the career possibilities.
Also included within the course are the Level 2 Award in Emergency First Aid at Work and Level 2 Principles of Safe Handling and Application of Pesticides Guidance, which are industry recognised and independently assessed, one day courses.
There is also the opportunity to undertake other short legislative courses whilst at the College, and these are offered at a discounted rate.
You will have the chance to progress on to a Level 3 Apprenticeship or a full-time study programme at the college upon sucessfully completing this Horticulture Operative Standard.
*Courses listed on this website are indicative of the subject, nature and level of study. The college reserves the right to alter specific qualifications titles, awarding bodies and levels of qualification, which can change in year. Any cost may also vary, based on personal funding eligibility.