Level 1 Introductory Diploma in Land-Based Studies - Horticulture


Hadlow Campus

Start Date


Students will develop essential skills in horticulture to allow progression onto level 2 or employment. Skills will include basic crop husbandry skills for both garden and nursery plants. This will be backed up with a sound understanding of the basic plant and soil science principles. A large element of practical work makes up this study programme.

The course is delivered through a range of practical sessions using the facilities at Hadlow College public gardens 'Broadview Gardens' and also the College Nursery. There are some classroom based sessions.

Assessment is though a range of styles including practical assessments, photographic and video evidence logs, workbooks and written assignments.

• Employability Skills
• Team work
• Communication skills
• Organisational skills
• Gardener in public gardens
• Nursery worker

Once completed students can progress onto a Level 2 qualification in Horticulture or gain employment in a range of industry careers. Typical employers include local authorities, nurseries, garden centres, publicly and privately owned gardens, commercial landscaping companies.

Safety Boots, appropriate clothes for outdoor working and stationary.

Why should students study this programme?

Students will have the opportunity to work alongside the head gardener at Hadlow College and the Commercial Manager at Court Lane Nurseries to develop essential practical skills. Students will gain experience of how to build a new garden but also how to maintain an existing garden. Training will be given on Health and Safety to ensure safe use of appropriate tools for the jobs. Machinery will be covered to give students the chance to develop skills with pedestrian lawn mowers, cultivators and tray fillers for a commercial setting.

Students who have a keen interest in growing plants for both ornamental and food would greatly benefit from this course. If you would like to progress onto a career in a public or private garden this course will enable you to become a gardener in these areas. Opportunities to progress onto higher level course are provided.

A1- Being Organised (30)
A2- Developing a Personal Progression Plan (30)
A3- Working with Others (30)
A4 Researching a Topic (30)
LBS5- Finding Out about the Landbased sector (40)
LBS8 Growing Plants (40)
LBS9 Caring for and Keeping Plants Healthy (40)
LBS10 Using workshop tools in landbased setting (40)
LBS11- Using Landbased Machinery (40)
LBS12 Preparing soil for planting (40)
Study Programme
English and Maths

    Hadlow Campus

  • 1 Year

    Full time

  • free for 16-18 year olds

  • 19+ FEES


  • Awarding body

    Pearson Education Ltd (Formerly EDEXCEL)

Entry requirements

You will need a minimum of two GCSEs at D-E / 3-2 Grade or equivalent (Entry level 3).

You should also have a keen interest in the subject and demonstrate a commitment to the curriculum area.