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RHS Award in Practical Horticulture Level 1

Duchy College Rosewarne LEVEL: 1 Horticulture, Floristry & Arboriculture

This course provides an introduction to a range of essential horticultural skills.  It provides an excellent foundation for further study within horticulture.


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Ideal if:

You have a keen interest in horticulture and wish to obtain a practical based qualification.

You’ll need:

Each module is assessed by a range of practical activities timetabled throughout the qualification.

You’ll learn:

Preparing soil for sowing and planting

  • Select and use the correct tools and equipment for preparing soil
  • Clear a site of unwanted debris
  • Load, transport and spread bulky organic matter
  • Cultivate soil by hand
  • Know how to dispose of waste appropriately

Soil testing

  • Understand the reasons for soil testing
  • Collect and prepare soil samples for testing
  • Identify the textural class of soils
  • Determine the pH of soils

Assist with the propagation of plants from seed

  • Assist with preparing to propagate plants from seed
  • Sow seed under supervision
  • Work safely

Assist with the vegetative propagation of plants

  • Assist with collecting, preparing and establishing propagation material for plants and grow in the right environment
  • Work safely

Assist with planting and establishing plants

  • Assist with planting
  • Assist with any additional activities required to establish plants
  • Work safely

Identification of a range of common garden plants, weeds, pests and diseases

  • Know how plants are botanically named
  • Identify a range of plants, pests and diseases


You will gain a range of practical horticultural skills which form the foundation for progression to level 2 courses in horticulture or entry onto various horticultural training programmes.

You’ll go on to:

Students who have completed this course go onto RHS course at Level 2, completion of the RHS Diploma, Garden Design or become self-employed gardeners and work for other organisations in a gardening role, plus working in plant nurseries and garden centres.


Horticulture & Floristry
Horticulture & Floristry
Horticulture & Floristry



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