Horticulture and Landscape Operative Level 2 Apprenticeship (FAGR)

Agriculture, Horticulture and Animal Care

Agriculture, Horticulture and Animal Care
Agriculture, Horticulture and Animal Care
We are only accepting one application per candidate.

What will you be working towards?

Code BC160
Qualification Type Apprenticeship
Qualification Level Level 2
Course type Full Time


Horticulture and Landscape Operatives can be employed to work in public parks and gardens, green spaces and historic gardens, private gardens and estates or in production nurseries and retail outlets. Many businesses will be specialised in their activities, such as grounds maintenance (soft-landscape) or landscape construction (hard-landscape). Soft- landscaping includes the establishment and maintenance of plants and cultivated areas. Hard-landscaping includes the establishment of hard surfaces and structures in addition to the establishment of plants in cultivated areas.


The distinct nature of these two specialisms means very few businesses can offer the full breadth of skills and therefore two options are available for this occupation: horticulture and landscape construction. The employment area will dictate the option pursued. The horticulture option focuses on plant propagation and plant growth. The landscape construction option focuses on the installation of features and structures, the application of landscape materials as well as supporting site management.


Work is generally based outside and undertaken throughout the year, so apprentices will frequently work in all weathers. Often people new to the industry will start in a �hands-on� role covering a range of practical tasks, with specialist skills being learnt through progression. A wide range of machinery and tools are used and additional training may be required depending on the nature of the work undertaken.


Working and learning in the horticulture and landscape industries is rewarding, offering a diverse range of employment opportunities and includes a range of skills that are transferable into many other industries.


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Course themes: 

Establishing plants and/or seeds in soil

Carry out harvesting operations

Plant nomenclature, terminology and identification

Use and maintain ride-on powered equipment

How will it be delivered?

Apprenticeship Standard - Horticulture and Landscape Operative

Core qualifications

The following qualifications will be required prior to taking the end point assessment.

  • Emergency First Aid: Level 2 Award in Emergency First Aid at Work.


  • Pesticides: Level 2 Principles of Safe Handling and Application of Pesticides Guidance OR Level 2 Award in the Safe Use of Pesticides


  • English and maths: Apprentices without Level 2 English and maths must achieve Level 1 qualification and take the test for Level 2 before taking the end-point assessment.


To comply with legislation/industry standards, individuals who wish to work in some sectors of the industry may have to complete additional certificates of training, statutory licences and health and safety approved competency cards in order to be permitted on to a worksite.


The final assessment will contain three components ? all components must be passed for the apprentice to be deemed competent. These form 100% of the overall final assessment.


  • An online knowledge test.

  • A synoptic practical assessment.

  • Professional Discussion.


Level 2 Diploma Horticulture ? Landscape or Parks, Gardens and Green Spaces route.


You will be continually assessed in the workplace of your practical competences. You will produce a written knowledge portfolio to underpin all mandatory units.


Entry requirements

Entry requirements will be determined by individual employers but typically potential apprentices will have a minimum of five GCSEs at Grades 3/D (including maths, English and Science) or other equivalent vocational qualifications. Employers, who recruit apprentices without the above levels of qualifications, will have to ensure they achieve Level 1 in English and maths as part of their apprenticeship.

 The Functional Skills minimum requirement is Level 1 English and maths and to sit the Level 2 English and maths Functional Skills examinations in order to access the gateway to the end point assessments for your apprenticeship standard.

Other requirements e.g. DBS may be required by your employer.

You will need to find an employer to employ you as an apprentice.

 Please see our apprenticeship vacancies to see our current opportunities.


Your next steps...

The successful apprentice will have the opportunity to progress on to a higher level apprenticeship standard.

You may also wish to consider full-time FE and HE studies on completion of the higher level apprenticeship standard.

Job opportunities will also be enhanced for those apprentices who have completed the programme with promotion to more senior positions such as Assistant Head Gardener or Head Gardener or the option to progress by working in other green space facilities such as Botanical Gardens, University Grounds Maintenance, English Heritage and The National Trust as a Gardener/ Maintenance Operator/Technician.