SVQs have been devised by the horticulture industry and are meant to be assessed in the workplace, although some of the practical and almost all of the knowledge and understanding is taught and assessed in College. The frameworks for Level 2 & 3 are comprised of various options, while certain core subjects are mandatory. Each framework is sufficiently flexible, as to enable candidates to select subjects relating to their horticulture discipline and so meet the needs of employers. More detail of the units within each framework is available on request or via the SQA & Lantra websites. Topics covered include: health & safety, planning & estimating, planting maintenance, lawn care, machinery, plant propagation, plant protection, plant identification, supervision & management.
Programme participants will normally be working full-time in horticulture and have achieved SVQ level 2 or equivalent. The course would also be ideal for those with a lot of practical experience and who may not have any formal qualifications.
A Modern Apprenticeship (MA) is the standard expected of a time served horticulturist, although SVQ Level 4 or HNC/D may offer further progression.
The theory element of the course is delivered predominantly at college. The practical element is covered by a mixture of workplace assessment and day release.