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Level 2

L2 Horticulture Operative Apprenticeship


For those who love the great outdoors, have an interest in plants and enjoy undertaking practical tasks Horticulture offers a very exciting and rewarding career with many different career opportunities to explore. The course has two pathways; Horticulture or Landscape Construction Operative. Whichever pathway is chosen the course offers the opportunity to learn on the job four days a week, gaining a wide range of skills and attending college 1 day a week to gain further knowledge and practical experience to underpin and strengthen what is learnt in the workplace.

Horticulture Operative pathway

The Horticulture Operative pathway is suitable for those who want to begin a career in public parks, greenspaces and gardens, gardening on private estates and in historic gardens or working for grounds maintenance companies, garden centres and retail plant nurseries.

Core learning and specialist learning

Horticulture and Landscape Construction Operatives undertaking this course receive training in core areas necessary to gain valuable horticultural understanding and skills, including general horticulture, using tools and equipment, plant knowledge, pests and diseases and environmental awareness.

The specialist training the learner undertakes will depend on which pathway is chosen and gives them the specialist skills needed to develop a successful career in their chosen area of horticulture.

Learners undertaking Horticulture pathway (specialist learning)

· Establishment and maintenance of a wide range of horticultural features including herbaceous borders, trees and shrubs, hedges, ponds and rock gardens

· Pruning a wide range of plants

· Growing plants from scratch (Plant propagation) using a range of methods


Anyone working within a Horticulture/Landscaping company/business, whose job role requires dedicated training within these areas

See full specification here: – Horticulture or landscape operative / Institute for
Apprenticeships and Technical Education

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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.


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