Award/Certificate in Horticulture Skills Entry 3
Develop your horticulture skills and enhance your employability on this practical, hands-on course.
Level: Entry 3
Purpose: Personal and Professional Development
Guided Learning Hours: Term 1 (Award): 60; Term 2 (Award): 60; Term 3 (Certificate): 210
Duration: Join in January, April or September, Mon – Thu 9.30am – 12.30pm
Next Course: 4 January 2021
What are the qualifications about?
You will enhance your horticulture and life skills as you explore current practices and themes like sustainability, organic growing and environmental conservation. The courses all develop your employability skills and can be combined with Maths, English/ESOL and IT study.
Who are they for?
If you are keen to develop your gardening skills, enhance your employment prospects, go on to further study or if you are interested in working in the horticulture industry, this course is an ideal first step.
What do I need?
To study at Entry 3 level you should have an Entry 2 qualification.
Why choose Ruskin College?
Our campus is green and spacious, with a rich and diverse green environment, so you will develop your horticulture skills in a unique and beautiful setting. As an adult college, we offer a supportive and friendly environment and high quality teaching, ideal for a return to education.
What sorts of things do they cover?
In Term 1, you will cover:
- Amenity Horticulture Skills
- Soil Types and Garden Habitats
In Term 1, you will prepare an area of land for planting in spring. You will learn where different plants will grow and what you need to do so that plants grow and flourish. You’ll learn how to use tools and equipment to maintain borders and hedges, as well as how to mow and maintain lawns.
In Term 2, you will cover:
- Garden Horticulture
- Sowing and Growing Plants
- Introduction to the Sustainable Propagation of Plants
In Term 2, you will plant vegetable and flower seeds and learn how they grow and flourish in beds that you have prepared outside. You will learn to distinguish weeds from seedlings and distinguish between insect pests (such as slugs) and insect pollinators (such as bees). You will also learn how to grow plants from cuttings and look after them.
In Term 3 you will study:
- Cultivating Plant Cuttings
- Recycling and Managing Waste
- Undertaking a Social Enterprise Project in Horticulture and Sustainability
In Term 3, you will undertake a Social Enterprise Project and sell some of the flowers and vegetables you have grown, as well as the plant cutting you made in Term 2. You will carry out market research to identify your customers, identify a suitable method to advertise and sell the produce and arrange a ‘point of sale’. You will also be shown how to make compost from the garden waste so it can be recycled and used to feed next year’s plants and vegetables.
How will I learn and be assessed?
You can join the course in September, January or April. If you study for one or two terms and achieve 6 credits, you will be given an Award in Horticulture Skills at Entry Three. If you study from September to June and achieve 21 credits, you will be given a Certificate in Horticulture Skills at Entry Three.
You will be assessed through practical exercises.
How long do they take?
Guided learning hours
Guided learning hours are the hours you spend learning with your training provider or on your own. The guided learning hours for this qualification are:
Term 1 (Award): 60 hours
Term 2 (Award): 60 hours
Term 3 (Certificate): 210 hours
What jobs could they lead to?
After completing a qualification at Entry 3, you can seek employment or progress to Level 1 courses in horticulture or related subjects.
What would it cost me?
We will help you access financial support if you are entitled to it. For more information visit our fees and funding page.