Horticulture/Landscape Operative Apprenticeship Level 2 - Bridgwater & Taunton College

Course Overview

You need to be employed to start an Apprenticeship. Please visit our vacancy page or if you have an employer, please ensure you add full contact details of your employer within your application. If you are unable to secure employment, you could enrol on a full-time study programme and transfer to an Apprenticeship at a later date. Please apply for a full-time course as your second option.

This course is for anyone interested in studying while working in parks, gardens, garden centres, nurseries, cemeteries or green spaces, as a landscape gardener, or in production horticulture. The programme was written by industry professionals and provides you with the necessary knowledge, skills and behaviours that employers are looking for.

The apprenticeship includes the Level 2 Award in Emergency First Aid at Work, Level 2 Principles of Safe Handling and Application of Pesticides and the Level 2 Award in the Safe Application of Pesticide Using Hand Held Equipment.

The broad purpose of the occupation is to undertake practical operations required to create and maintain horticultural spaces. This includes both the soft aspects (plants and soil) and the hard elements (surfaces, features and structures). Some will carry out the full range of operations from landscape construction through to maintenance, although the majority will focus on one specialism due to the breadth of skills required.Horticultural specialists maintain soft and hard elements of the space. This will include planting and maintenance activities. Landscape construction specialists will install landscapes including building hard surfaces, structures and features and planting. This will include planting and maintenance activities. Horticulture or landscape construction operatives frequently work outdoors year-round and in all weathers. They sometimes work at heights for example pruning taller plants and hedges. Horticulture or landscape operatives will require qualifications and or training to undertake activities such as use of machinery.

Assessment Methods

Teaching is through weekly workshop days at the Cannington campus on Wednesdays and one-to-one sessions in your workplace. Whichever option you and your employer choose, 20% of your time will be spent learning. Assessment is through completing an e-portfolio, written questions, practical journals and an end-point assessment, which includes professional discussion, practical task and multiple choice computer exam.

Progression Options

On successful completion of your apprenticeship, you could working in botanical or historic gardens, public parks and gardens, food and plant production and landscaping (both interior and exterior). Alternatively, you could start a Level 3 Apprenticeship while working in a supervisory position, study a RHS Level 3 course or the Level 3 Extended Diploma in Horticulture.

Course Summary

Course Title Horticulture/Landscape Operative Apprenticeship Level 2
Entry Requirements

Entry is subject to a successful interview and completion of an initial assessment on your English and maths, to study this apprenticeship this must be a minimum of entry level 3.

Attendance Requirements You will be expected to attend weekly workshops at our Cannington Campus to learn the knowledge and skills required.
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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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