Award/Certificate in Horticulture Skills Level 1
Take your horticulture skills to a new level and enhance your career prospects on this practical and rewarding course.
Level: Level 1
Purpose: Personal and Professional Development
Guided Learning Hours: Award: 90; Certificate: 144
Duration: Join in January, April or September, Thu & Fri 1.30 pm – 3.30pm
Next Course: 7 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?
You can develop skills gained at Entry 3 Level and further enhance your gardening skills and prospects for further study or employment.
What do I need?
To study at Level 1 you should have a relevant Entry 3 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?
You will complete:
- Health and Safety in a Practical Environment
- Understanding Soils and Growing Media
You can choose from a range of units:
- Pest Control (1 credit)
- Plant Propagation (3 credits)
- Plant Selection (3 credits)
- Plant Pruning (1 credit)
- Weed Control (1 credit)
These units build on the skills you acquired at Entry 3 and extend your specialist knowledge and practical skills of growing flowers and vegetables. You will also learn how to prepare and enrich soils for growing. There is an emphasis on preparing you for employment by training you in Health and Safety and maintaining a tidy workplace. We will help you develop your customer care skills as well by giving you practical enterprise experience. 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 make. 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’.
How will I learn and be assessed?
You can join the course in September, January or April. If you complete 6 credits, you can gain an Award. To gain a Certificate, you need to complete all these units AND:
- Customer Service Skills
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:
Award: 90 hours
Certificate: 144 hours
What jobs could they lead to?
After completing a qualification at Level 1, you can seek employment, progress to Level 2 courses in horticulture or related subjects or apply for an apprenticeship.
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.