Horticulture student working on some plants in the garden

Introduction to Horticulture

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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

Who is the course for?

The course is aimed as an introduction to gardening and no previous qualifications are required. Students should however be comfortable with working outside all year round and college provides support to make the programme accessible to all.

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.

Future opportunities / career options

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

Allow people to continue gardening at home on an allotment or as part of a community group.

When does the course run?

September 2019

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).