Horticulture Level 1

Start Date
Course Course
Land-Based Studies
Hillsborough Campus

About this Course

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 qualification for you. It is a practical craft qualification providing a good introduction to the horticultural industry and the development of basic horticultural skills.

Key Units

This qualification is designed to introduce you to the horticulture and gardening industry. Your studies will mostly be practical, where you will learn hands on skills such as how to prune shrubs, bushes and trees and how to prepare the ground for planting. You'll also spend a small amount of time in the classroom learning the theory behind the practical work you have done.

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.

Key Areas of Study
  • 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
  • Working in glasshouses

Entry Requirements

4 GCSEs grades A* - E / grade 2 or above (or acceptable alternatives) including English Language.


Horticulture Level 1 is assessed by on-going practical assessments throughout the year.

There are no exams for Horticulture Level 1 but you may need to take exams for English and Maths if you are studying Function Skills/GCSE.

Where does this Lead

Successful completion of this qualification can lead to our Level 2 Diploma in Horticulture course. Alternatively you may wish to undertake an apprenticeship.

Future Opportunities

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

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Will the qualification 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.

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