Study Type
Part Time
Study Level
Level 2
Start Date:
To be confirmed

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Entry requirements

View The Isle of Wight College's standard entry requirements for full-time college courses (depending on the level of the course to be studied).

For level 2 Horticulture, students will be required to hold any of the following will be considered at interview: •4 GCSEs at Grades 3 including English, Maths & Science. For those students who hold lower than grade 3 GCSEs we have a provision at level 1 which will enable you to move to the level 2 programme upon successful completion.
Who the course is for
Those people who enjoy practical outdoor work and may have already had some experience or interest in working in Horticulture/Professional Gardening. Some previous experience in horticulture/gardening will be beneficial.
What the interview will involve

You will be sent a career plan prior to your interview date to complete and bring along with you on the day. The interview is a two-way process which will give you the opportunity to discuss the course and suitability with the subject tutor.

What you will learn
This programme provides a broad foundation of horticultural subjects which includes plant identification, soil preparation, planting techniques, plant after care and maintenance, and garden design.
How you will learn
This programme is delivered through a combination of classroom theory and a predominance of practical skills development. Much of the curriculum deliver is based on the college campus but we also carry out a significant proportion of the programme at off-campus venues within local businesses and land owners. You will be assessed in two parts. Firstly, theory is assessed throughout the year via short answer assessments. These are linked to the practical skills assessments spread throughout the three terms. There is no end of course assessment. You will be required to carry out a minimum of one day of work placement within the industry, to complement the programme. This will enhance your practical skills in a realistic working environment and further develop your employability skills.
This qualification will enable you to study further in Horticulture, either locally here at college or specialised training at a mainland college. For employment, this qualification will enable you to develop the skills you need to start or progress a career in: Garden centres, nurseries, amenity/decorative horticulture, landscape construction, garden design, turf culture, tree surgery, garden maintenance.

There may be a cost for purchasing equipment or uniform for this course. Find out about financial support available.

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