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Intermediate Apprenticeship in Horticulture (Level 2)

Key course information

Agriculture, Animals and Land Based


2 years


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Course Overview

If you dream of working outdoors and love everything green, step into horticulture with an apprenticeship. Gain valuable experience for employment, earn while you learn and study towards a recognised qualification. Your workplace experience will be supported by hands-on, exciting training within College, with our 1600-acre Lackham Campus as your outdoor classroom. From Walled Gardens with hot and cold greenhouses to woodlands, sports pitches to manicured display lawns, you’ll be learning in a range of industry environments that will broaden the scope of your knowledge and give you the opportunity to cultivate a diverse set of skills. Tailor your apprenticeship to suit your ambitions and goals: whatever your employer, your industry experience will be enriched by your time in College, taking your learning to the next level.

Male student studying the soil
Male student studying the soil

What will I learn?

Plants are at the heart of horticulture. You’ll learn how to establish, manage, retail or cultivate plants for a variety of purposes. You may be transforming a private garden or working towards a sustainability project, creating plants for production or science: the possiblities are endless in horticulture, and an apprenticeship could take you far. You’ll learn crucial skills in identification and cultivation. Based in the historical Lackham gardens, your practical sessions will teach you how to prepare and maintain vegetables, herbaceous perennials and annual planting stock. And you’ll build your confidence operating the relevant machinery: Lackham houses a full range of industry equipment such as strimmers, ride-on mowers and chainsaws, which you will become familiar with in preparation for a wide range of potential future careers.

Entry Requirements

Minimum Entry Level 3 or GCSE grade C in Maths and English.

All applicants will be required to pass initial assessments in Maths, English and ICT.

Employment within a horticultural business or private estate for a minimum of 30 hours a week or private estate offering a scope of activities and supervisory training.

Study, Assessment and Qualifications

An Intermediate apprenticeship will usually take 20 months to complete, and you will usually attend college for one day per week during term time as part of your training.

The Competence and Knowledge Elements will be assessed in the workplace using evidence to build a portfolio.

Functional Skills will generally be delivered at our Lackham campus.

Evidence of GCSEs Grade C and above in Maths and English may mean that the Functional Skills element will not be necessary.

Additional Costs and Information

To assist you during your apprenticeship, you may be required to purchase some equipment and resources to support you during your course.

Safety boots and waterproof clothing will be essential.

The Horticulture Apprenticeships are supported by E-study offering course materials and reference books online. Access to the internet at home or in your workplace is beneficial.

What Could I Do Next?

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

Agriculture, Animals and Land Based

Career Opportunities

  • Stock Person
  • Dairy Person
  • Zookeeper

  • Veterinary Nurse
  • Groom
  • Tree Surgeon

Agriculture is the single largest employer in the world

UK agricultural machinery exports reached £1.94 billion in 2018, a rise of 5% compared with 2017

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