Course overview

Practical Horticulture Level 2 City of Bristol College

A part-time, one-year horticulture course in Bristol.

This course will give you knowledge and essential practical skills in horticulture. You will develop your horticulture knowledge and learn about sustainable gardening practices.

When you complete the course you may enter a profession in horticulture, or use your skills at home or in your community.

This horticulture course is for adults aged 19+ and is a full qualification.

Additional information

Who is it for?

This course is for adults aged 19 and over.

It will suit people who enjoy working outdoors with plants and green spaces. It is suitable for people who want to begin a career in the horticultural industry as well as people who want to explore their personal interest in gardening.

What you'll learn

You will learn about:

  • soil testing
  • sowing seed
  • vegetative propagation techniques
  • care and pruning of plants
  • sustainable garden practice.

You will learn to identify a range of common garden plants, weeds, pests, diseases, and disorders and beneficial organisms.

You will develop practical skills in group preparation for seeding and planting and establishing seeds and plants in soil.

Entry requirements

This is an intensive course which requires excellent attendance and commitment to study, at college and at home.

To join the course, you must have an interest in working with plants and soil outside in all weathers, and a good level of physical fitness as the course involves physically demanding tasks.

You also need GCSE English Language at grade 3 (D) or above or an equivalent.

How is the course delivered and assessed?

You will attend college one day a week during term time for one year. You will also need to study at home to succeed on this course.

This is a very practical course with some classroom-based sessions to provide necessary theory to enhance your learning.

You will be taught by experienced horticulture teachers at our specialist centre at South Bristol Skills Academy.

You will undertake a variety of activities at the college. Each topic you study on this course will be assessed separately throughout the year by practical course work and some short knowledge assessments. You must pass all practical assessments to achieve this qualification.

Future career and study opportunities

There are many organisations looking to employ people with horticulture knowledge and skills including:

  • garden centres
  • public and private gardens
  • parks and green spaces
  • leisure venues
  • garden design and maintenance companies.

You may prefer to set up your own business, for example, as a gardener, a specialist plant grower or an organic vegetable producer, as a landscape designer or in garden maintenance.

Alternatively, you may want to put your knowledge to good use at home in your garden.

Additional costs

You will need to pay a £25 resource fee at the start of the course.

You will need to provide your own safety boots, gloves and suitable wet and cold weather clothing and you will need your own writing materials and folders.

There may be a small charge for educational visits and college transport. If you are on a limited income, you may be eligible to receive help with these costs from our Learner Support Funding Bursary.

Blended learning

To keep our students and staff safe, we’re reducing the number of people in our buildings at one time.

To achieve this, most of our courses will include sessions taught at the college supported by online learning to help you reach your full potential.

Find out more about how we’ve adapted due to COVID-19.

Fees and applications

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Practical Horticulture Level 2 SBSA
Course Code
24/09/2020 - 01/07/2021
1 years
Hours per week
Start Time
This course costs £944. If you are aged 19 or over, you may be eligible to study for free. Please contact us to discuss your options or visit our Financial Support page.
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Course Code Dates Duration Days Hours per week Start Time Location Fee
LMP1858C01-1 24/09/2020 - 01/07/2021 1 years Thurs 7.00 09:15 SBSA
This course costs £944. If you are aged 19 or over, you may be eligible to study for free. Please contact us to discuss your options or visit our Financial Support page.
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