Level 2 Diploma in Work Based Horticulture
List of Courses
Course Fee
Course Code
Awarding Body Image Branding Image
About this course

This course is principally intended for those starting a career in horticulture who want to gain a recognised qualification whilst they are working. The minimum age for entry is 16 years and the enthusiasm and ability to successfully complete the course, as well as the support of an employer is required. Entry is via a Work Based Learning (Level 2 Intermediate Apprenticeship) programme for applicants aged 16-24. The course is designed to provide participants with the basic practical skills and knowledge necessary to gain a craft level qualification specialising in horticulture, garden and green space maintenance and landscaping skills.

The Level 2 Diploma in Work-based Horticulture is usually undertaken and accredited via one of these routes:

  • Landscaping
  • Horticulture (this is the main route)
  • Parks, gardens and green space


What will I learn?

This qualification meets the needs of learners in a Work-based environment who may wish to work within the horticultural industry or progress to further learning and/or training. These qualifications allow learners to develop underpinning knowledge whilst practising skills that could be used within employment in the horticulture industry.

Gardening skills, grass management, English and Mathematics alongside plant identification and an introduction to horticulture practice. A course that will train a work-based garden novice into a trained Level 2 horticulturist. 

Mandatory Units:

  • Monitor and maintain health and safety
  • Maintain and develop personal performance
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with others
  • Level and prepare sites for landscaping
  • Use and maintain non-powered and hand-held powered tools and equipment
  • Clear horticultural and landscaping sites

Optional Units - these are chosen by your assessor and employer and may include:

  • Install drainage systems
  • Use and maintain pedestrian controlled powered equipment
  • Construct water features
  • Install hard standing sub-layers
  • Pruning and training plants

To successfully complete the Apprenticeship Framework, you will have to achieve Functional Skills qualifications (English and Maths) and other framework subjects such as Employer’s Rights and Responsibility, and Personal Learning and Thinking Skills, along with sitting a short multiple choice test.


Entry requirements

Preferably  level 1 Horticulture qualification or similar qualification in related subject.

You will have some knowledge and basic skills in the horticulture industry or expect training provided by a qualified mentor. You want to increase your skills and gain a formal qualification so that you can take on more responsibility at work or move on to further study.

You don't need any previous qualifications, but you do need a current job or work placement where you can demonstrate your skills.  Student's without previous qualifications will be expected to attend Math and English evening classes at college. A keen interest in horticulture, a work-placement in horticulture, and the drive to succeed in the rewarding profession of horticulture is required.

Study, assessment and qualifications

Assessments are of a practical nature and are carried out throughout the course. The underpinning knowledge is also assessed. This can be done by a range of methods including written and verbal assessment. Most of the evidence of competence will be gathered in the workplace.

In addition you may need to attend evening classes to study English and maths at an appropriate level. You will also partake in a period of mandatory work experience with a local horticultural organisation. A self motivated drive to succeed and the willingness to study and learn using the College ESTUDY based system is essential to gaining the WBL Level 2 Diploma alongside a full or part-time working position.

The overall Apprenticeship will be certificated by Lantra, the Sector Skills Council for the land-based and environmental industries. You will work towards the Diploma, at your own pace and guided by your assessor, by producing a portfolio of evidence of your competence in a range of skills. This evidence may include written tests and underpinning knowledge questions, assignment work, observation/photographic records, employer’s testimony and detailed log sheets of tasks carried out on the industry placement. An assessor will also visit you at your place of work to help you gather evidence for your portfolio. Any additional criteria required to achieve the full Apprenticeship may be evidenced through portfolio evidence, practical assessment and on-line testing

Additional costs and information

Costs and expenses are dependent on age and previous qualifications, it is best to seek advice from the college recruitment specialists. Wiltshire College will assist and advise as to the most suitable qualification for each learner on merit.

All additional optional tickets e.g. Chainsaw, Pesticides and Ride On mower are offered at a reduced rate for part-time and full-time students. It is advisable to book onto additional day courses at the start of your course as a reserved place can then be offered.

The course usually lasts between 18 to 24 months, based on the rate of accumulation of portfolio evidence and achievement of additional criteria. The portfolio is designed to show competence covering a range of knowledge and skills, together with appropriate practical experience.

What could I do next?
Previous students found that this qualification helped them to progress within their present employment. They have also progressed to the level 3 work based diploma (Advanced Apprenticeship) provided that they meet the entry criteria (level 1 math's and English) and have successfully completed their level 2 workbased programme.