The purpose of BTEC Higher Nationals in Horticulture is to develop students as professional, self-reflecting individuals able to meet the demands of employers in the horticulture sector and to adapt to a constantly changing world. These qualifications aim to widen access to higher education and enhance the career prospects of those who undertake them.
Candidates have to be over 18 years of age.
They need to have a Level 2 RHS or equivalent qualification e.g. the Level 2 Diploma in Horticulture (Dist) or Subsidiary Diploma at Level 3 with relevant industry experience.
• Principles of Botany
• Business and the Business Environment
• Plant Identification and Classification
• Plant and Soil Science
• Managing a Successful Project (Pearson Set)
• Teaching in a Specialist Subject
• Plant Selection and Propagation
• Research Project (Pearson Set)
The course is assessed by continual assessment. Each module studied has on average four assessments. The assessments are a mixture of practical and theoretical projects.
You will be required to provide steel toe-capped boots, secateurs and a knife.
This qualification provides a route to employment in professional horticulture by assessing your knowledge of the principles underpinning horticultural practices. It also supports career development for those already working in the profession. In addition, it provides a foundation for further learning or training in the field of horticulture.
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.