Course Overview

This programme is for anyone who would like to acquire the knowledge, skills and understanding to work in the horticultural and landscaping industries, or currently works in the sector and wants to study through work-based learning. This course is ideal if you enjoy practical work in stimulating environments and like working outdoors. Horticulture and Landscape Operatives can be employed to work in public parks and gardens, green spaces and historic gardens, private gardens and estates or in production nurseries and retail outlets.

There are two options. The horticulture option focuses on plant propagation and plant growth. The landscape construction option focuses on the installation of features and structures; application of landscape materials as well as supporting site management. You could also achieve several Level 2 qualifications in subjects such as emergency first aid, pesticides, safe handling, application of pesticides guidance or the Level 2 Award in the Safe Use of Pesticides.

You will have 36 weekly workshop days at the Cannington campus to cover a range of theory and practical tasks, as well as Maths and English. Your attendance will depend on your knowledge, experience and qualifications, as well as your employers’ facilities, the pathway chosen and the location of your employment.

This programme has been written by industry to ensure you learn the skills, behaviours and knowledge required to progress in the horticulture industry.

Assessment Methods

You will be continually assessed in the workplace and College to build an e-portfolio of evidence showing your development. At the end of the course you will be assessed through an observation in the workplace, a professional discussion and multiple choice test.

Progression Options

On successful completion, you could progress to supervisory level employment within the industry or continue your studies with a Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship.

Course Summary

Course Title Horticulture Apprenticeship Level 2
Entry Requirements

You need GCSEs in the A* to E or 9 to 2 range with D to E (3 to 2)
in English and Maths, or Level 1 Functional Skills. An English and Maths initial
assessment is required and entry is subject to a successful
interview.

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I really enjoy studying at Bridgwater & Taunton College. All of my lessons have a friendly atmosphere and my tutors push me to be the best I can be. Studying here has allowed me to gain the qualifications I need to go on to degree level.

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