A very hands-on basic programme of study. Subjects will include plant propagation, tree and shrub planting, hard landscaping, plant maintenance, grounds maintenance and horticultural machinery. This course is project-based including various relevant career visits. Plus: Introduction to employability skills, communication, numeracy and IT.
This course is aimed at school leavers and those with little or no knowledge of Horticulture.
No formal entry requirements but applicants must undergo an interview and be able to demonstrate the ability to work at SCQF level 3/Access 3. Candidates must be willing to work outdoors in all weathers, work as part of a team on practical, physically demanding tasks.
Progression to level 4 or 5 National Certificate in Horticulture. Successful students may apply for apprenticeships with local authorities or landscape construction firms.
Many assessments are carried out through practical tasks. Theoretical elements are continuously assessed. There is no end of year final assessment.