Level 2 Technical Qualification in Horticulture


Hadlow Campus

Start Date


This course is aimed at students interested in a career in the horticultural sector, whether your interest is growing plants, designing gardens or constructing beautiful spaces we can develop your confidence, ability and skills whilst studying or working. The College's excellent land-based facilities ensure our students develop good vocationally practical and employability skills. The course will make use of Broadview Gardens and the Court lane site, where new gardens are being implemented.

Students are able to access a range of additional learning support, based on need. A range of skills will be developed whilst on the course including practical skills, communication, and land-based specific knowledge, and development of ICT skills.

The following are examples of some of the topics students can expect to study within the course:

• Establish and maintain plants outdoors
• Understand the basic principles of plant science
• Understand the basic principles of soil science
• Work experience
• Construct landscape foundations and surfaces
• Introduction to plant selection
• Introduction to plant nomenclature terminology and identification
• Participate in propagation techniques
• Functional skills/GCSE - English and maths

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

There are also externally marked exams for plant and soil science and working in the land-based sector.

Once completed students can progress onto a Level 3 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.

• Steel toe cap boots
• Clothes suitable for outdoor work
• Secateurs are useful but not essential
• Stationary

Why should students study this programme?

Students will have the opportunity to work on plots producing a range of crops which can be sold through the college commercial outlets. Practical experience will be gained in the orchard and public gardens. Within the gardens students will have responsibilities to maintain specific aspects of established gardens within a team.

Practical experience will be gained in the nursery which includes a brand new glasshouse with the latest developments in technology included.

Students who wish to develop a career within the horticultural sector at crop worker and progress within industry to supervisor level.

Students who have completed a level 1 course in horticulture or related subject, students should have an interest in gardening, and how crops are produced and raised on a commercial nursery.

U1- Introduction to Working in the Landbased Industries
U2- Introduction to plant and soil science
U3- Horticulture Work Placement
U4- Landbased Machinery Operations
U11- Estate Maintenance in Horticulture
U5- Propagation Techniques
U7- Nursery Stock Production
U10- Construction and Maintenance of Hard Landscapes

    Hadlow Campus

  • 1 Year

    Full time

  • free for 16-18 year olds

  • 19+ FEES


  • Awarding body

    Pearson Education Ltd (Formerly EDEXCEL)

Entry requirements

Minimum of 4 GCSEs C - D / 4 - 3 Grade or equivalent (Level 1 Diploma), which must include GCSE in English OR maths A - D / 9 – 3 Grade or equivalent.