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Horticulture (Landscape Gardening) (Level 2)

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1 year

Full Time

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Course Overview

Horticulture isn’t just about gardening: if you have a passion for plants and the outdoors, you could be designing and landscaping parks and sports grounds or developing a golf course. A qualification in horticulture could take you into production, growing and selling plants or even studying and producing brand new hybrid varieties. Home to a vast array of natural and manmade resources, Lackham’s 1600 acre estate is the perfect place to study horticulture. From woodlands and wetlands to manicured lawns and sports pitches, including a Walled Garden with tropical and cold greenhouses, Lackham’s industry-leading resources are unparalleled, giving you the opportunity to pursue your passion, transforming skills and knowledge into a fulfilling career.

Lackham campus and the garden
Two Horticulture female outside talking
male student digging up the ground - smiling at the camera
Lackham campus and the garden
Two Horticulture female outside talking
male student digging up the ground - smiling at the camera

What will I learn?

You’ll be equipped with the skills for a wide variety of careers in horticulture, with practical activities reinforced by theory and academic learning. You’ll learn how to name, identify and select plants as well as how to care for them. An essential part of a gardener’s skillset is the use and maintenance of machinery, and you’ll be trained by expert lecturers and real gardeners on how to use Lackham’s wide range of equipment. You will learn how to develop hard landscapes, with opportunities to work on Lackham’s sports pitches and broader range of manmade environments, ensuring you have the experience to be flexible in your profession. Key modules in horticultural business practices offer invaluable experience when seeking employment or even to start your own business.

Entry Requirements

• 4 GCSEs Grade D or above including English and Maths or equivalent or successful completion of relevant subject at Level 1

• Reference

• Interview

Study, Assessment and Qualifications

City & Guilds Level 2 Technical Certificate in Horticulture

Assessment is by written and practical assignments and industry-based assessments.

Students are expected to complete 150 hours of work experience.

Additional Costs and Information

Practical clothing is available to purchase from the college shop and must be worn during all practical sessions.

You will also need to purchase your own personal protective equipment. Please note it is not necessary to acquire the items below prior to commencing the course, as on your arrival we will advise you on the best types to purchase.

Trips and visits are an important aspect of the programme, allowing you to appreciate the diverse range of career opportunities and organisations within the sector. You will be expected to cover the cost of trips and other enrichment activities via the College shop.

Your lecturer will recommend a small number of text books for use on this course; although these are available in the college library you may wish to acquire your own copies.

What Could I Do Next?

On completion of your course you may choose to progress onto these following courses


Career Opportunities

  • Landscape Designer
  • Head Gardener
  • Horticultural Lecturer

  • Garden Designer
  • Arboriculture Specialist
  • Grounds Maintenance Operative

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