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Let your horticultural career blossom whilst enjoying the great outdoors of the Yorkshire Dales and learning and developing practical skills along with the underpinning theoretical knowledge for you to get a headstart in the industry.

Work with the natural habitat and acquirte the skills needed to design, landscape, grow flowers and plants, whilst understanding the botanical science. Our expert tutors have specialist knowledge of agricultural botany, ecology and garden design alsonside experience of working with the National Trust, the Yorkshire Dales National Park, Skipton in Bloom and Harrogate Flower Show. With their knowledge and contacts you will be able to visit relevant exhibitions and demonstration grounds as well as gaining inspiration from the industry.

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Study Location
1-2 Years
depending on Level
How your qualification is made up

Entry Requirements

  • Level 3 – 5 GCSEs grade 9-4 or equivalent including English & maths GCSEs grade 9-4
  • Level 2 – 4 GCSEs grade 9-3 or equivalent including English & maths GCSEs grade 9-3
  • Level 1 – 3 GCSEs grade 9-1 including English & maths

What you will study

  • Assist with the Use of the Transport & Maintenance of Tools & Equipment
  • Safe & Effective Working Practices in Land-based Industries
  • Carry out Tractor Operations
  • Assist with the Establishment of Plants & Sites in the Countryside
  • Assist with the Maintenance of Structures & Surfaces in the Countryside
  • Contribute to the Establishment of Plants
  • Contribute to the Maintenance of Plants
  • Contribute to the Propagation of Plants
  • Employability – Preparing to Work in the Land-based Industries
  • Working in the Horticulture Industry
  • Plant Naming, Identification, Selection & Science
  • Preparation, Planting & Maintenance of Plants
  • Care, Maintenance & Use of Tools, Equipment & Machinery
  • Horticultural Business Practices
  • Commercial Gardening Landscaping
  • Sports Turf Technology
  • Developing Hard Landscape Features
  • Production Techniques in Horticulture
  • Health & Safety for the Land-based Industries
  • Identification, Selection & Planting of Plants
  • Maintain Turf in Parks & Gardens
  • Land-based Industry Machinery Operations
  • Principles of Plant Health & Protection
  • Plant & Soil Science
  • Tree & Shrub Maintenance
  • Identification & Use of Ornamental Plants
  • Sustainable Development
  • Establish & Manage Exterior Plant Displays
  • Principles of Sports Turf Maintenance

What's Next?

Further Study

  • Wildlife & Conservation Management FdSc
  • Conservation Management BSc Top-up


  • Head Greenkeeper
  • Self-employed – Horticultural Services
  • Researcher – Plant & Soil Science
  • Management Positions – Botanical Gardens, National Trust, English Heritage, RHS
Select your preferred study programme (subject). You can make 2 choices now and make a final decision in June. We will give you a conditional offer based on your predicted/actual GCSEs.
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