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Horticulture Level 1
Study Mode
Full Time 
Practical Assessment and Coursework 
Horticulture & Floristry 
Course Code:
Entry Requirements
4 GCSEs at A*- E (or acceptable alternatives) including English Language.

Horticulture Level 1

If you want to be a gardener, maintain sports turf as a greenkeeper or groundsperson or work in a garden centre the Level 1 Horticulture could be the course for you. It is a practical craft course providing a good introduction to the horticultural industry and the development of basic horticultural skills.

Key Units

On this course you will learn about, maintaining gardens, ground preparation and planting, pruning shrubs and trees, clearing garden sites and re-landscaping, health and safety, using and maintaining horticultural tools and machinery, and working in glasshouses. You will work as part of a team and in the community. Approximately 85% of the course is practical and 15% is classroom work.

Course enrichment activities include visits to local parks, gardens and garden centres. Once each term there is some experience of work with practical assessments at local parks.

In addition to your horticulture qualification you will also study for Functional Skills qualifications in English and Maths.

Entry Requirements

4 GCSEs at A*- E (or acceptable alternatives) including English Language.


Horticulture Level 1 is assessed by on-going practical assessments throughout the year. There are no final exams for horticulture level 1 but you may need to take exams for English and Maths.

Where does this Lead

Successful completion of this course can lead to our Horticulture Level 2 Diploma course. 

Future employment opportunities could include working in: 
  • Garden centres
  • Landscape gardening
  • Green keeping and grounds maintenance
  • Parks/historical gardens
  • Retail gardening outlets

Tell Me More

Staff and Facilities:
You will learn from staff with a range of horticulture qualifications and backgrounds and have the opportunity to work with local employers or voluntary organisations in the area. The excellent facilities, which have been constructed during 2014, include the latest industry standard workshops, new fully automated glasshouses, horticultural equipment and machinery.

Will the course suit me?
You should be practically minded and like working outdoors in all seasons. You need to be able to undertake a range of horticultural tasks including lifting and moving, ground preparation and planting.