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    Intermediate Apprenticeship in Horticulture

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    Horticulture: Gardening and Landscape Design

    This programme is an excellent way to gain experience in all aspects of the horticultural industry through developing practical hands on skills including plant identification, maintenance and uses, plant production, turf care, landscaping and planting.

    Course Information

    • Qualification: Intermediate Apprenticeship in Horticulture
    • Course Code: O4001 / E4001
    • Start Date: 10/05/2019
    • Duration: The framework is expected to take 20 months
    • Campus: Easton, Otley
    • Entry requirements: Entry onto the apprenticeship is subject to a thorough initial assessment to clarify course suitability. You will be required to come into an interview and assessment day. Entry onto the apprenticeship is subject to 4 GCSE’s including Maths & English A-E/9-2. Entrants must have the ability to achieve Level 2 Functional Skills in English and Mathematics and be able to manage the requirements of a Level 3 vocational qualification. Apprentices need to be employed for minimum of 30 hours a week in the industry with a contract of employment

    It is suitable for those seeking or employed in their first role within the industry.   

    Programme Structure

    The apprenticeship framework is made up of different nationally recognised qualifications. Including:

    •  Level 2 Diploma in Work Based Horticulture
    •  Level 1 Functional Skills in English and Math’s
    •  Employee Rights and Responsibilities
    •  Personal Learning and Thinking Skills


    Depending on the apprenticeship job role within the industry there are different pathways available. Including:  

    • Landscaping
    • Production Horticulture
    • Green Keeper/Grounds Person
    • Parks Countryside & Green Spaces

    Course content

    • Establishing plants and seeds in soil
    • Preparing ground for seeding and planting
    • Plant terminology and identification
    • Maintain the health of sport turf
    • Leveling and preparing sites for landscaping
    • Identify and monitor pest and diseases
    • Use and maintain pedestrian controlled powered equipment


    All assessment and training is undertaken in the workplace. This is achieved by a variety of techniques tailored to meet a student's learning style. An E-Portfolio will be provided to set, track and support.

    Apprentices successfully completing the Intermediate Apprenticeship have opportunities to progress within the industry by continuing onto the Advanced Apprenticeship in Horticulture or other Further Education courses.


    Applications for Further Education full time, access to HE, apprenticeships and part time courses are made online. Go on to the relevant course page and click on the 'Apply Now' button to start the application process. Applications for short courses are made by contacting the College Admissions Team on 08000 224556. Higher Education programme applications should be made via UCAS in the first instance, UCAS website

    For students resident in England and aged 18 and under on 31 August, before they are due to start their course in September, then your full time course fees are fully funded. For students aged 19 and over, and those looking to study a short course, please contact the College Admissions Team for more details on 08000 224556.

    There are buses from all over Norfolk and Suffolk which will drop students off at college. For details of bus routes and other transport options, please see the 'Easton Transport Information' link or Otley Transport Information .

    Once we receive your application for your course we will check your details and any grades/predicted grades to make sure that you meet any entry requirements. The College Admissions Team will then contact you to arrange your interview with a course tutor. If you are successful at your interview then you will be offered a place on your chosen course or if the tutor feels that you may be suited to another course they will advise you of this.

    We will then invite you to attend a Keep in Touch day held in early July where you can come on to campus, meet your tutors and other students hoping to study the same course, gain some campus familiarisation, learn more about your course, do some activities and ask any questions that you may have.

    Enrolment commences once GCSE results are released, you will be sent details regarding completing your enrolment in July, advising of a date and time.

    Once you have successfully completed your enrolment you will receive your timetable and confirmation of your course start date.

    You don't need to let the college know your GCSE results, instead you should attend your enrolment appointment, which will have been sent to you beforehand. Please bring all exam results with you so that we can make sure you have met the entry requirements for your course.

    Don't panic if you haven't got the grades for your chosen course, we will always try and find a suitable course for you. We will be able to offer you an alternative course in the same or similar subject area. We will do this when you attend for your enrolment where there will also be course tutors on hand to speak to you about your course options.

    If you have done better than predicted then we can also change your course offer to the most appropriate level. Again this is all done at enrolment.

    We strongly encourage all students to source their own work placement however we are aware that sometimes this can be difficult. We have work placement coordinators who can help you find your work placement and ensure that all students are able to fulfill this requirement. More information will be provided to you prior to you starting your course. Please see Work Placement for more information.

    The college term dates can found using the following link;

    College officially starts back on the first full week of September however not all courses will start on the Monday. You will advised of your actual start date at enrolment.

    Applications for the college bursary are made online. You should make sure that you read the guidance notes prior to making an application to ensure that you are eligible. Further information can be found on Financial Support