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Level 1 Diploma in Land-Based Studies (Horticulture)


About The Course

This course is an ideal introduction to working with plants and gardens for school leavers who are seeking to explore this diverse industry; develop practical skills in propagation (growing plants) and gain underpinning knowledge of horticulture related topics. Students will work with a range of plants and tools within our 162 hectare site. 

The course also provides an opportunity for students to develop personal, social and employability skills in a highly supportive environment. As part of this study programme students are required to study GCSE maths and English if a grade 4 has not already been achieved. This is an essential part of the programme in order for students to develop the literacy and numeracy skills required for successful entry into employment and/or progression onto future courses.

This course is delivered through theory lessons, practical work, group seminars and internal and external professional development (industry/work placement). You will also have individual tutorials with your Course Manager on a regular basis in order to monitor and track your progress.

Entry Requirements

No formal entry requirements. You will be required to attend an interview and taster day where your suitability, commitment and skills will be assessed. We are unable to process applications from students that have not attended a taster day.

At the interview and on the taster day we will require evidence of your interest and passion for working with plants and in developing a career working within horticulture. All students will need to be physically able  and be willing to take part in all aspects of practical work.


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This course can lead to employment within garden centres, nurseries or landscaping.

Students can also progress (subject to meeting specified entry requirements) onto other courses such as Level 2 Diploma in Horticulture, Agriculture, Equine, Public Services.

It’s the ideal qualification within a supportive educational environment to prepare learners for working within the industry or progressing onto a Level 2 qualification.