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Level: 2

Location: Workplace

Years: 1


Course Summary

You will be provided with a foundation in a broad range of skills required to work competently within the horticulture industry.

You will be taught practical skills and theoretical background knowledge at College and will be expected to practise and develop these skills in the workplace.

College attendance is required on a weekly day-release basis.


Entry requirements

You must be employed within - and be committed to a career in - the horticulture industry. You will undergo an initial assessment before starting the programme to ensure that you are capable of achieving the outcomes and have an interest in this area of work.

NB. If you do not currently have employment in the horticulture industry, we can help you with this too. Please look at our website for current vacancies.


Course Content

The apprenticeship includes:

  • Level 2 Diploma in Work-based Horticulture
  • Level 3 Emergency First Aid at Work (EFAW)
  • Level 2 Principles of Safe Handling and Application of Pesticides Guidance OR Level 2 Award in the Safe Use of Pesticides
  • Functional Skills: English and Maths Level 1 and/or Level 2 depending on GCSE results


How will I be assessed?

On-programme assessment includes:

  • Apprentice journal: the apprentice should record experiences gained through the learning
  • Portfolio of evidence to demonstrate practical ability and theoretical understanding
  • Written and practical tests: designed to prepare the apprentice for the end-point assessment and test seasonal elements
  • Employer appraisals: to monitor performance


The End-point Assessment consists of:

  • A synoptic practical assessment containing a range of practical activities
  • Professional discussion
  • Online multiple-choice test of knowledge


Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?

You will need safety boots, overalls, waterproofs and writing materials.

For apprentices over the age of 19, an employer contribution is required towards the cost of training.


What can I do after this course?

You may consider taking your qualifications to the next level with an advanced apprenticeship or the Diploma in Work-based Horticulture Level 3.

This course is designed to give you a sound base of different horticultural skills and knowledge, enabling you to progress in your chosen career area or to move to other areas within the horticultural industry, after your training has finished.


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Dan Brennen

Dan Brennen

Set to flourish in landscape gardening

Former Horticulture learner Dan Brennen flew the flag for Broomfield Hall by scooping a gold medal in the WorldSkills UK final – after building a garden in just 18 hours. Dan, now studying Landscape Architecture at the University of Sheffield, impressed industry experts who judged his efforts at the Skills Show held at the NEC.
There to represent Derby College, he was part of a team which built a garden from scratch, including laying block paving and slabs, building raised beds, installing a water feature and planting.
Dan’s success gave him the chance to work with a specialist training team to prepare for a further WorldSkills challenge in Northern Ireland – so he gained even more skills to take forward into his working life.

Being part of WorldSkills was a fantastic experience and I’ve learnt so much. The additional training I’ve done as part of the competition will earn me a Level 4 qualification which, along with my degree, will hopefully greatly improve my job prospects after university.


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