Level 2 Intermediate Apprenticeship in Horticulture
About this course

An apprenticeship in Horticulture is not just about flowers and long hours outside. This apprenticeship offers a huge range of opportunities for those working in:

  • Production Horticulture
  • Garden Centres
  • Landscaping
  • Amenity Horticulture
  • Private Estates and Councils

Horticulture is for those working to establish, manage, retail or cultivate plants for science, plant production or crop production or to use plants in landscapes to support the built environment, for aesthetics, transport and utility infrastructure, sport or wildlife conservation.

The Horticulture industry values the apprenticeship as an entry route into the sector as it offers apprentices the opportunity to learn the skills and knowledge by completing hands-on work experience.

Regardless of whether  you currently hold a wide range of responsibilities, or specialise in a more specific role, an apprenticeship can help you learn the skills you need to succeed, and gain the qualifications to prove your knowledge.

Job Roles at Level 2 may include:

  • Gardener
  • Landscaper
  • Nursery Worker
  • Fruit and Vegetable Production Worker
  • Machinery Operator
  • Greenkeeper
  • Groundsman
  • Gravedigger

Tasks undertaken by apprentices will vary depending on the level and sector in which they are employed.

What will I learn?

You will learn how to Identify and cultivate plants, operate small machinery including ride on mowers, Undertake practical's within the historical gardens of Lackham. Apprentices will be given training on preparing and maintaining vegetables, herbaceous perennials and annual planting stock.

Class time covers personal development, Math and English skills, Health and Safety in horticulture and current legislation for professional practice in the workplace.   

Entry requirements

Minimum Entry Level 3 or GCSE grade C in Maths and English.

All applicants will be required to pass initial assessments in Maths, English and ICT.

Employment within a horticultural business or private estate for a minimum of 30 hours a week or private estate offering a scope of activities and supervisory training.

Study, assessment and qualifications

An Intermediate apprenticeship will usually take 20 months to complete, and you will usually attend college for one day per week (Wednesdays) during term time as part of your training.

The Competence and Knowledge Elements will be assessed in the workplace using evidence to build a portfolio.

Functional Skills will generally be delivered at our Wiltshire College Lackham campus.

Evidence of GCSEs Grade C and above in Maths and English may mean that the Functional Skills element will not be necessary. 

A mixture of on and off the job training provides a variety of learning opportunities across the whole programme.

Additional costs and information

To assist you during your apprenticeship, you may be required to purchase some equipment and resources to support you during your course.

Safety boots, waterproof clothing and a folder and pen are essential.

The Horticulture Apprenticeships are supported by E-study offering course materials and reference books online. Access to the internet at home or in your workplace is beneficial.

What could I do next?

On completion of the Level 2 Intermediate apprenticeship you may like to progress to do a Level 3 Advanced qualification.

Other short courses that may benefit you and improve your CV include:

  • First Aid
  • PA Units (Pesticide spraying)
  • Chainswa Cross Cutting & Maintenance
Apprenticeships and Adult Education Funded Courses
The College’s Adult funded courses and apprenticeships prior to 1st May 2017 and apprenticeships with non-levy paying employers post 1st May 2017, are funded by the Education and Skills Funding Agency and part financed by the European Union through the European Social Fund (ESF). ESF supports activities to extend employment opportunities and develop a skilled workforce.