Horticulture student working on some plants in the garden

Introduction to Horticulture

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This is a Skills Builder course which is designed to help develop your confidence to enable you to move onto an accredited course as well as independence, confidence and skills for daily living.

Course content

The course is aimed to help students develop social skills and promote health and wellbeing. There is a variety of practical and classroom based work.

Students will learn about:

  • Recognise and name tools
  • Working safely in the garden
  • Recognise and name plants and their parts
  • Planting and caring for bulbs, flowers and vegetables
  • Composting
  • Maintenance and plant care

What skills does the course develop?

  • Teamwork
  • Confidence

Who is the course for?

  • People aged 16 – 18
  • People aged up to 24 who declare a disability and have an EHC Plan

Assessment method

Students work towards completing subject specific targets each term. Along with completing practical based work students produce a folder to record their work/ progress in.

Entry requirements

An interest in gardening and willingness to work outdoors.


Volunteering, supported employment, or assistant roles in garden centre, gardener or grounds person.

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).