Horticulture - Level 2

Course Introduction

This course provides a step up from Level 1, giving students the opportunity to study horticulture/gardening at a higher level, whilst gaining hands-on experience of working outdoors in historic gardens, the College’s grounds and glasshouse and on community projects. This broad-ranging course offers students the knowledge and skills necessary to become competent in the following areas of horticulture: Plant Propagation, Horticultural Machinery Operation, Planting, Establishment and Maintenance of Outdoor Plants, Maintenance of Grassed Areas and the Construction of Different Landscaped Areas. In addition, students are involved in community planting projects and participate in growing/retailing plants for the College’s annual plant sale. Individual units include: Monitor and Maintain Health, Safety and Security; Maintain Grass Surfaces; Maintain Plant Displays; Prepare Growing Media; Propagate Plants from Seed; Agree How to Manage and Improve Own Performance in a Business Environment; Collect and Store Propagation Materials; Prepare and Establish Propagation Materials; Establish Crops or Plants; Construct Structures; Establish and Maintain Effective Working Relationships with Others; Work Experience and Core Skills. Please read the Important Notice at www.borderscollege.ac.uk/uni


Qualifications

SVQ Level 2 Horticulture at SCQF Level 5


Delivery

Full-time 36 week course 3 days per week in College 1 day per week on placement


Location

Newtown St Boswells Campus

Entry Requirements

Demonstrate an ability to study at SCQF Level 5 and above.

For the part-time option, candidates are required to be working in the horticultural industry.

Progression Opportunities

Successful students may progress to SVQ Level 3 Horticulture at Borders College or HNC courses offered at another institution. Career options include becoming a self employed Gardener, Landscape Gardener, Garden Centre/Nursery Assistant, Local Authority Parks Department employee and work in Conservation.