This Level 2 course has been developed to focus on the education and training of people who want to be involved in Horticulture. This course is designed to provide a foundation for learners to progress onto a Level 3 course in Horticulture or work in the Horticulture industry.
The course will ensure that you develop the vocational knowledge, understanding and skills that are required for employment in land-based industries.
Entry requirementsTo begin this study programme you will need...
Duration: 1 Year
- 3 GCSEs at grades A*-D or 9-3 ideally including English and maths
Duration: 2 Years
- Land-Based Studies BTEC Level 1 Diploma with Functional Skills
- 3 GCSEs at grades A*-G or 9-1 ideally including English and maths, and a keen interest in horticulture. Other relevant levels of qualifications or experience will be considered.
During this course you will cover seven core units:
- Principles of plant science
- Principles of soil science
- Work-related experience
- Establishing and maintaining plants outdoors
- Introduction to land-based machinery operations
- Understanding the principles of sports and amenity turf maintenance
- Participating in propagation techniques.
(Please note that there may be minor changes to the units listed)
During the course you will also have the opportunity to gain additional qualifications in health and safety, and the NPTC Practical Horticulture qualifications. You will also have the opportunity to participate in trips, and be expected to attend a work placement.
You will be continually assessed as the course progresses using a variety of methods, including presentations, case studies, portfolios and practical assessments
Horticulture BTEC Level 2 Diploma
- English and maths skills
- Work experience
- Personal development skills
- Study skills
- Employability skills
You will also have the opportunity to take the additional qualification of Practical Horticulture NPTC Level 1 Certificate for a small additional cost.
Further study and career options
Upon completion of this course you could progress onto our Level 3 Land-Based courses, or onto employment in the land-based industries.
If commuting to Shuttleworth College will be difficult for you, then you can choose to live in our halls of residence on campus. Priority is given to those who live the furthest distance from the College so make sure you book early to avoid disappointment. Visit our accommodation page for more information - www.shuttleworth.ac.uk/accommodation. To take part in this course you will be required to wear clothing appropriate for working outdoors, including steel toe-capped boots for practical sessions.
To take part in this course there will be an additional fee of approximately £120 for any trips or events that take place for your course.
All full-time Level 1 and Level 2 courses are now FREE for everyone, whatever their age. If you are looking to study a Level 3 qualification, courses are still free if you’re under 19 or 19-23 and studying your first full Level 3 qualification. If you’re over 23 or studying a second Level 3 qualification, you will need to pay a fee. Find out more on our financial support page at www.bedford.ac.uk/finance