Horticulture Apprenticeship Level 2 - Bridgwater & Taunton College

Course Overview

If you are looking for a career in horticulture or landscaping or you are already working in the sector, an Apprenticeship is a hands-on work-based route. The programme was written by the industry and provides you with the necessary knowledge, skills and behaviours that employers in this sector are looking for. It is ideal for those who enjoy working outdoors in varied environments. Upon completion you will have a wide variety of career opportunities open to you, including working in botanical or historic gardens, public parks and gardens, food and plant production and landscaping (both interior and exterior). This is a career that can take you around the world.

The apprenticeship also requires that learners undertake Level 2 Award in Emergency First Aid at work and Level 2 Principles of Safe Handling and Application of Pesticides. We also offer the Level 2 Award in the Safe Use of Pesticides to learners for free. Apprentices without Level 2 English and maths must achieve Level 1 and take the test for Level 2 before taking the end-point assessment.

You will need to be in employment for at least thirty hours per week. If you do not have an employer yet, please still get in touch as we can support you to find one.

This progamme is flexible to meet your needs and those of the employer. We provide 36 weekly workshop days at the Cannington campus or block weeks of teaching in Octrober and February half terms for those who prefer. We are also able to provide knowledge and skills to you solely in your workplace, working with your employer to support you to learn and achieve the apprenticeship.Whichever option you choose, 20% of your time during the apprenticeship will be spent on learning.

Units include:


  • Industry understanding
  • Business
  • Communication
  • Health and safety
  • Environmental
  • Plant growth and development
  • Tools, equipment and machinery
  • Vegetation control
  • Biosecurity
  • Plant identification
  • Soil science
  • Plant health


  • Communication
  • Team working
  • Health and safety
  • Environmental
  • Planting, plant growth and development
  • Soil cultivation
  • Tools, equipment and machinery
  • Vegetation control
  • Maintain hard structures
  • Site presentation

There are also units specific to the horticulture and landscaping pathways

Assessment Methods

  • Workshops and/or one to one sessions
  • E-portfolio
  • Written questions
  • Practical journals
  • Employer feedback
  • End-point assessment (professional discussion, practical task and multiple choice computer exam)

Progression Options

  • Supervisory positions in horticulture
  • Horticulture Supervisor Apprenticeship Level 3
  • RHS Level 3 courses
  • Horticulture Extended Diploma Level 3
  • Level 2 Sports turf or greenkeeping
  • Level 2 Environmental Conservation

Course Summary

Course Title Horticulture Apprenticeship Level 2
Entry Requirements

You need GCSEs in the 9 to 2 range, and either hold or have the ability
achieve a 3 or 2 in English and Maths GCSEs, or Level 1
Skills qualification. Entry is subject to a successful interview
and you will
undertake an initial assessment in English and

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Once I complete my course, my dream is to work for The National Trust or travel and find employment in gardens abroad. The course has helped me see all the opportunities available to me, so I feel confident my future looks bright.

India Moule

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