Horticulture student working on some plants in the garden

Horticulture for Independent Living and Work

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Course content

The course is aimed to help students develop gardening skills, Social skills and promote health and wellbeing.

Work is completed as part of the group.

  • Growing flowers, fruit and vegetables
  • Planting and basic garden maintenance
  • Working safely in the garden
  • Wildlife projects
  • Garden crafts

What skills will the course develop?

  • Team work
  • Confidence

Who is the course for?

  • People aged 16 – 18
  • People aged up to 24 who declare a disability and have an EHC Plan
  • People who have an interest in gardening but may need a lot of help and support.

Assessment method

Learners work towards completing project specific targets each term.

Entry requirements

No previous qualifications are required but learners should be willing to work together and individually to complete projects and have an interest in gardening.


Increased awareness and confidence building can lead to progression onto other gardening courses. Volunteering or supported employment within a gardening based organisation.

When does the course run?

September 2019

Study Programme

If you are aged 16 – 18 or up to 24 who declare a disability and have an EHC Plan, this course will form part of your study programme. The programme also includes English and maths qualifications, employability skills, a work placement and other personal development and enrichment opportunities.

Course fees

Courses are free for all students aged 16 – 18 (or up to 24 if you declare a disability and have an Education, Health & Care Plan).