All students called for interview will be given an overview of the area by a senior member of the land team, normally with the Programme Manager. When this is completed all parents and students are welcome to ask questions to gain a better understanding of their course and life at the Isle of Wight College.
Students are individually called for a 15 minute interview to enable staff and student to make an informed choice as to the suitability of the course and College life for them.
All students will be informed at interview whether they are able to join their preferred course though some conditions are likely to ensure the required entry standard is reached before joining the course. This ensures all students are challenged and capable of completing their qualification to a good standard and to help them have a wider range of choices when they join the world of employment.
Please bring a pen with you to the interview and a school report/record of achievement with you (for school leavers).
Those people who enjoy practical horticultural subjects and for those who may have already had some experience or existing interests in working in this industry. Some work experience in horticulture will be beneficial, but not essential.
You will complete numerous units in this one-year study programme , covering subjects from ground preparation, planting and care of planting, alongside plant propagation and garden designing.
These units include:
You will learn by completing practical tasks that are based on realistic workplace situations. The course will cover basic underpinning knowledge and important practical skills. You will also spend at least one day each week on work placement.
This course is the equivalent to 4 GCSEs grade A*-C. Level 2 Diplomas develop the skills you need to start or progress a career in:
Garden centres, nurseries, amenity horticulture, landscape construction, garden design, turf culture, tree surgery, garden maintenance.
This course also provides good progression for qualifications in Horticulture.
We carry out practical work at local venues as well as visits to local and mainland gardens such as Osborne House, Ventnor Botanic Garden and private gardens on the Isle of Wight and Royal Horticultural Society Gardens at Wisley in Surrey.
Work experience in realistic work placements, for example local parks, public and private gardens, garden centres, landscapers and garden maintenance businesses.
You must be up to date with Tetanus protection.
Tops Day Nurseries offers flexible hours, so you only book and pay for the hours you need.
Student Services offer advice on bursary funding. Bursaries support essentials such as travel, childcare and kit.
Student Services provide a range of support, information and specialist services to enhance your student experience.