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A Year in your Garden


A practical course covering basic principles of Horticulture aimed at developing skills to enhance your own garden or allotment.

Topics including- lawn maintenance, hedges, planning, plant selection, planting, pruning, seed sowing, cuttings, glasshouses/polytunnels, sustainable practices, introduction to hard landscaping, ground preparation, ‘no-dig’; and raised beds, introduction to plant science and nomenclature.

10 sessions

o September – lawn care – 28.9.2024

o October – planning and plant selection-cuttings – 26.10.2024

o November – herbaceous perennials and division – 23.11.2024

o December – introduction to hard landscape – 14.12.2024

o January – introduction to plant science and nomenclature – 25.1.2025

o February – pruning -tree planting – 15.2.2025

o March – seed sowing – 29.3.2025

o April – no dig and raised beds. – 26.4.2025

o May – Containers – 24.5.2025

o June – garden machinery – 28.6.2025


The course
is suitable for students who either have no experience, or for those who
already have previous knowledge and horticulture/gardening skills and wish to
advance these further. The course is designed and taught across a seasonal

*FREE* Online short courses

Make the most of these extraordinary times and gain a nationally-recognised qualification. A short online course is a significant first step to improving your skills and achieving your career goals.

Financial support

The applicable fees for this course, including any available discounts, will be listed in the information above.

How to apply

Once you have created an account, you can easily apply to your chosen course and track the status of your application at any time.


Step 1

Set Up Your Account

You’ll be prompted to create an account which will allow you to log in to our Application Tracker website whenever you wish. This will provide you with important information and you can also track the progress of your application.

Step 2


Complete each step of the application form and then submit your completed form. We’ll let you know when we’ve safely received it with an acknowledgement email.

Step 3

Application Review Meeting

Before offering you a place at college, we’ll meet with you (either in person, by telephone or online). We’ll send you a link to our booking page where you can select a time that’s convenient for you.

Step 4

Accept Your Place

Offers will be sent to you via the email address you have provided. The offer will be conditional, based on predicted GCSE grades. You’ll need to accept your offer within 14 days to secure your place.

Step 5

What next?

Once you receive your GCSE results, you’ll need to get in touch with the college to inform us of them and start your enrolment process.


Our range of leisure and hobby courses keeps growing, with even more fun and exciting courses starting throughout 2024.