Course Title: Level 1 Practical Skills for Gardening and Horticulture
Course Code: HR218

Department: Horticulture
Course Type: Full time

Combining a mixture of theory and practical, this is a very hands-on qualification ideally suited to someone who wishes to investigate a career in horticulture and perhaps study further. No previous knowledge is required, but a willingness to learn new skills and develop knowledge of the world of horticulture is needed.

You will be taught with like-minded learners with the same interest in the outdoors and gardening where you will develop your personal and social skills. Take advantage of our fantastic resources and find out about the wide range of opportunities that are on offer within this dynamic industry.



Level 1 Diploma in Land-based Studies

Course Content

Practical horticultural skills
Using machinery, tools & equipment
Introduction to growing, maintaining & protecting plants
Identifying a range of trees, shrubs & plants
Estate maintenance & landscape skills

Entry Requirements

4 GCSEs grade 2/E or above, including English and maths.
Interest and enthusiasm in working in the land-based industries is essential.
Other experience within the land-based industries will also be considered.

Next Steps

Level 2 - Technical Certificate diploma in Horticulture
Apprenticeship in Horticulture

Career Opportunities

With further training: gardener, nursery worker (plants), assistant in a garden centre, landscaper.

Dates & Fees

Start Date End Date Start Time End Time Mode of Attendance Days of the Week No of sessions
07-Sep-20 25-Jun-21 9.15 a.m. 4.45 p.m. Full time Mon, Tue, Thur 35
Total Fee Full Cost Total Fee 19-23 Total Fee 24+

Location & Contact Details


Kingston Maurward College Main Campus | Directions


Course Helpline 01305 215215

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Materials Required

Basic stationery: calculator, pens, paper and lever arch files
Suitable outdoor clothing - the clothing must be suitable for environment, weather and time of year
Protective overalls
Steel toe capped work boots
Steel toe capped wellington boots
Hi-vis yellow vest
Tetanus protection is recommended
All protective equipment will be inspected by the Course Manager


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