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Level 2 Diploma in Practical Horticulture Skills

This course is designed for those who have completed the level 1 diploma in practical horticulture skills and want to continue to learn in a hands-on way.

You'll be gaining new knowledge and skills, learning about planting and caring for the flowers, trees and shrubs in the green areas in our towns and cities.

When will I start the course and how long will it take?

The course will start in September and will take one year to complete.

What will I study?

During this course, you will cover the following units:

  • Preparing grounds for seeding or planting
  • Planting container grown subjects
  • Applying organic mulch to a bed or border
  • Water a bed, border or area of plants in containers
  • Using hand-held equipment i.e. hedge trimmers, strimmers, lawn mowers
  • Soil testing (PH)
  • Creating hanging baskets
  • Plant identification

How is it assessed?

You will be assessed by project work and practical demonstrations. There are no formal exams.

Do I need any previous qualifications to start this course?

You should have completed a level 1 qualification.

English and maths forms an important part of your future, ensuring you achieve the best success in your chosen career. But don't worry, if you haven't got the desired grades, we will still have a course available for you.

What are the course fees?

If you are a school leaver, aged 16-18, (under the age of 19 on or before 31st August 2017), you do not pay tuition fees or examination and registration fees and may be eligible for additional support depending on your financial situation. For more information, please click here.

If you are aged 19 or over, course fees are dependent on your personal circumstances and you may be eligible for funding. More information can be provided upon application. For more information on financial support that may be available, please click here.

What can I go on to do once I have completed this course?

Once you've completed this practical course, you'll be ready to tackle a more advanced level of study, including other horticulture courses at level 2.

However, you might decide to look for your first job in horticulture and start earning some money.

Ref: Darren Arrowsmith

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