Practical Horticulture Skills – City & Guilds Level 1 – Award, Certificate, Diploma
The City & Guilds award, certificate and diploma has been designed for students who would like to prepare for a career in outdoor horticultural environments. This course will be part of a programme where the majority of the study is practical based in a number of different horticultural environments including parks, allotments and sports grounds.
The qualification comprises of mandatory units and will be assessed by observation of practical tasks.
What you will learn:
Propagating, growing and caring for plants– trees, shrubs, bedding, fruit and vegetables and turf. Plus, parts of the outdoor environment – paving, fencing and benches
For the Award: -
Prepare ground for sowing or planting
Plant container grown subjects
For the Certificate: -
The above plus
Prepare soil and apply organic mulch
Water a bed, border or area of plants in containers
Care for a planted area
prune deciduous spring flowering shrubs
Sow seeds indoors in containers
Maintain paved areas
For the Diploma: -
All the above plus
Determine soil pH with colour indicator test kit
Prepare and plant a container for display
Prune hedges by hand
Prune deciduous shrubs flowering on current season’s growth
Lift, divide and plant herbaceous perennials
Prick out seedlings singly
Propagate by stem cuttings
Pot up rooted cuttings, large seedlings, or plugs by hand
Use a wheeled rotary mower
Identify trees and shrubs
More than just a Course
Research carried out by Lantra in 2013 found that micro-businesses dominate the land-based
and environmental sector; 85% of Horticulture businesses employ fewer than ten people.
Horticulture is a large industry within the land-based and environmental sector representing
18% of the businesses (27,860) and 24% of the employment, of which the majority are
full-time employees; however, this emphasises the need for employees to have a variety of skills to help organisations grow and remain profitable.
The Horticulture industry has an ageing workforce; in Amenity Horticulture, 60% are aged 40
or over and for Production Horticulture, 41% are aged 50 or over. Key decision makers within
Production Horticulture are around 55 years of age and around half of these do not have
successors. By completing the course, students are making themselves more employable and can look at jobs such as Gardener, Landscaper, Nursery Worker, Fruit and Vegetable Production Worker, Greenkeeper.
This qualifications provide knowledge and practical skills at level 1
On completion of this qualification students may want to progress on to The Practical Skills in Horticulture level 2. This is an apprenticeship which can done at Manchester college at the Northern Campus.
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