Level 1 Certificate in Practical Horticulture Skills

You'll be learning about all aspects of horticulture on this course, including how to grow plants from seeds, landscaping, looking after turf, and using tools and equipment.

It will give you your first taste of what working in horticulture is like, as you look after the green areas in and around St Helens College, Sherdley Park and Walton Hall Gardens.

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

The course will start in January and will take six months to complete.

What will I study?

During this course, you will cover the following units:

  • Maintaining health and safety working practices
  • Assisting with establishing plants
  • Assisting with maintaining plants

In addition to the above, you will also have the opportunity to choose from the following:

  • Assisting with propagation of plants by seed
  • Assisting with propagation of plants by vegetative methods
  • Assisting with identifying the presence of and controlling common pests and diseases
  • Maintaining turf
  • Use of horticulture machinery i.e. strimmers, cultivator, hedge trimmers

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?

There are no formal entry requirements.

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.

However, if you are aged 19 or over, course fees are dependent on your personal circumstances and you may be eligible for funding to cover course fees. If you are aged 19 - 23 and this is your first full level 1 qualification, 100% of your course fees will be covered. 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 course you'll be able to progress onto one of our level 2 courses. However, you may choose to look for a position in the industry at assistant level.

Ref: Darren Arrowsmith