Horticulture student working on some plants in the garden

Level 1 Award in Practical Horticulture Skills

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Course content

This course provides practical experience and knowledge of the horticulture sector. It will help learners decide whether to undertake further training or employment within the occupational area.


  • Prepare ground for sowing or planting under supervision
  • Cultivate land by single digging or forking
  • Plant container grown plants.Identify plants
  • Prune shrubs for winter stem colour
  • Prune bush roses
  • Assist with the maintenance of grass surfaces
  • Prepare and plant a hanging basket

Who is the course for?

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

Entry requirements

  • An interest in land based industry as an area of employment.Have completed the Introduction to Horticulture course and Entry level 2/3 Award.


  • Horticulture qualification at Level 2
  • Horticulture Apprenticeship
  • Employment in the Horticulture sector in a role such as Gardener Assistant, Garden Centre Assistant or Landscape Gardener Assistant

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).