The UK horticultural industry consists of 7,700 businesses and worth an estimated £ 3 billion. The industry largely splits into areas of ornamental plant flower and tree production and food production including fruit, vegetables, herbs, and salad production.
There are 3 pathways you can choose from;
- Commercial Horticulture Production
- Garden Landscaping and Design
- Sports Turf Management
- Qualification: 3
- Course Code: E14711
- Start Date: 02/09/2019
- Duration: 2 years full-time (3-4 days per week)
- Campus: Easton
- Entry requirements: ** 4 GCSEs at grades 9-4 / A-C including English, maths and science. Alternatively a Level 2 Diploma at Merit/Distinction (includ ing English and maths at grades 9-4 / A-C.
This course will prepare you for varied roles and positions within different horticultural industries, including: amenity and production horticulture, landscape design and construction, grounds and turf maintenance or managing public and private gardens.
The range of business and career opportunities include, fruit and vegetable grower or farm manager, green keeping, grounds maintenance, ornamental plant production, retail nurseries, landscaping and garden design.
On successful completion students are awarded a BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma in Horticulture for each of these qualifications.
Commercial Horticulture Production Pathway
Example units Plant and soil science, Business management, Organic crop production, Plant propagation, Plant health and protection, Nursery stock production, Planting and care of trees.
Garden Landscaping and Design Pathway
Example units- Principles of landscape and garden design , Plant and soil science, Machinery operations, Business management, Tree and Shrub maintenance, Turf management, Identification and selection of ornamental plants.
Sports Turf Management Pathway
Example units- Machinery Operations, Plant and soil science, Principles of turf Management, Contract management in land based industries, Manage Sports Turf Surfaces (football, Rugby, Golf, Cricket), Maintain turf in parks and gardens, Business Management.
You may wish to move into self- employment; or an Advanced Apprenticeship, which allows you to combine work with further training. You could also use this qualification to progress into Higher Education and study for a Foundation Degree in Landscape and Amenity Management at Easton & Otley College or a BSc (Hons) Horticulture or FdSc Sports Turf