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Level 2 Diploma in Practical Horticulture


This practical and theory-based qualification equips learners with the fundamental and practical skills and knowledge to start a professional horticulture career or develop a personal interest/passion within Horticulture

Our Level 2 Diploma in Practical Horticulture Skills, can lead to a variety of pathways or jobs, including work as a hands-on gardener, Horticulture therapist, conservation, or sustainability worker right through to a research scientist. These skills can offer potential for careers all over the world.

The range of skills that will be developed can include:

  • Plant science
  • Soil science
  • Tool and Machinery skills and maintenance
  • Propagation and planting
  • Business
  • Horticulture production
  • how to prepare a site for a range of landscape installations
  • paving with a range of materials
  • construction of paths and steps
  • tree planting and staking
  • ground preparation for planting
  • basic pruning
  • landscape plant selection and identification
  • planting aftercare


Level 2 Diploma in Practical Horticulture Skills, targets people who have a love of the outdoors and nature and who
have a willingness to learn about plants and the wider environment. Including school
leavers or anyone who would like to use the course as a stepping-stone into
employment or further progression onto other pathways of Level 2 practical courses. We would expect learners to have achieved a grade 4 in at least Maths or English at GCSE level or equivalent.

*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.


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