Horticulture Level 2 -

Horticulture Level 2

Course Details

  • Department

  • Qualification

    Level 2
  • Course Type

    Full Time
  • Length

    1 Year
  • Location(s)


Course at a glance

A brilliant general introduction to horticulture, focussing on the skills needed to plant and care for domestic gardens and parks. The course is practical-based with some theory, providing foundation skills for a horticulture career or progression onto the level three qualification.

Entry Requirements


at grading level 3 (Old GCSE grade E) or above including Maths and English with Science desirable. Alternatively a suitable Level 1 vocational qualification with English and Maths at Level 1.

Cost for students aged Under 19


for students over the age of 19 please contact us


Key Information

Studying this course, you will learn the foundational skills for a career in horticulture – the care and use of plants for gardens, parks and and sports. You will learn how to work safely in a horticulture workplace.

You will learn to identify plants, how to ensure they grow and thrive outdoors, and the science that explains why a plant will do well or badly. You’ll learn the practical techniques that establish and maintain parks, gardens and sport pitches

Modules include:

  • health and safety
  • plant identification
  • establishment and maintenance of plants outdoors
  • business and horticultural science
  • machinery and turf care

The course includes lectures and classroom-based work mixed with practical sessions, enabling you relevant practical experience and industry skills.

Work is assessed through an exam and a synoptic assessment, which is a multi-part simulated business exercise.



Why choose us?

  • Learn about horticulture at our unique college grounds and facilities, including an arboretum, woodland, glasshouses, vegetable gardens, hard landscaping area and extensive planted gardens.
  • Convenient transport to ensure you can get to college.

At least 4 GCSEs at grading level 3 (Old GCSE grade E) or above including Maths and English with Science desirable.

Alternatively a suitable Level 1 vocational qualification with English and Maths at Level 1.

Upon successful completion of this course students may progress to a Level 3 course or into the horticultural and landscape industries.

Roles such as:

  • Garden Designer
  • Gardener
  • Grounds Maintenance
  • Horticulturist
  • Landscaping
  • Maintenance

Progression and Development Sessions

All students enrolled on a Level 2 or Level 3 course will be required to attend Progression and Development sessions every week. These sessions will cover a wide range of topics from careers and employability, British Values and equality and diversity to essential life skills such as mental health and wellbeing, drugs and alcohol and personal safety.

You will require a work placement on this course.


This means you will need to collect 150 hours of work experience with an established business in the horticultural sector. Typically this includes garden centres, plant nurseries, landscape contractors and local estate gardens.

Students are expected to buy PPE, consisting of overalls and steel toe capped boots for practical sessions. A normal range of stationary is required for theory sessions.


Trip costs are kept to a minimum wherever possible, trip information will be provided at the start of the course.

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    York is one of the College's two residential campuses and is located just four miles from York city centre. At York we offer a full range of subject areas and levels including Apprenticeships, Level 1-3 Diplomas, Foundation, Top Up and BSc Honours Degrees.

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