If you want to be a gardener, maintain sports turf as a greenkeeper or groundsperson or work in a park, historical garden or garden centre the Level 2 Horticulture could be the course for you. This work related course will develop your knowledge, practical and technical skills to work within the horticultural industry.
About the Course
Working as part of a team and the community, during this course you will build on and develop the skills and knowledge learned at Level 1. This will include going into subjects studied at Level 1 (such as ground preparation and working in glasshouses) in more depth, as well as covering some new topics such as hard landscaping.
Approximately 65% of the course is practical and will see you undertake hands on demonstrations. 35% is classroom work, where you will learn some theory to back up your practical knowledge. Students are also expected to work independently outside class to produce a portfolio of work.
Course enrichment activities include visits to local parks, gardens, garden centres and horticultural shows. Experience of work, with practical assessments, takes place at local parks and though working with community partner organisations.
You will learn from staff with a range of horticulture qualifications and backgrounds and have the opportunity to work with local employers or voluntary organisations in the area. The excellent facilities include the latest industry standard workshops, fully automated glasshouses, horticultural equipment and machinery.
On your programme you will also study for GCSE English and Maths qualifications, if you do not already hold a minimum of grade 4 at GCSE level.
Ground preparation and planting
Pruning shrubs and trees
Clearing garden sites and re-landscaping
- Turf management
Health and safety
- Using and maintaining horticultural tools and machinery
- Working in glasshouses
- Hard landscaping e.g. concreting and making raised beds-
4 GCSEs at 3 grade (or acceptable alternatives) including English Language.
Where can it lead?
Horticulture is a growth industry in the Sheffield area, with many jobs currently being created. The qualifications offered by The Sheffield College will give you the knowledge required to develop a career in the industry or go on to study further related qualifications.
Career opportunities could include working in garden centres, landscape gardening, green keeping and grounds maintenance, parks/historical gardens or retail gardening outlets.