Modern Apprenticeship Horticulture - (SCQF Level 5)

The Modern Apprenticeship in Horticulture is a work based award and requires attendance at Borders College over a 2 year period. Assessments for this award are also work based. Candidates will attend classes and a tutor and a training consultant will support them throughout the delivery of this Modern Apprenticeship.

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The course comprises of 8 mandatory units and 3 optional units. The course covers the following areas: Plant Propagation, Horticultural Machinery Operation, Planting, Establishment and Maintenance of Outdoor/Indoor Plants, Amenity Turf Maintenance and the Construction of Different Landscaped Areas. In addition, students are involved in community planting projects and participate in growing/retailing plants as part of a student enterprise project, where the funds raised are used for an end of year excursion. The mandatory units include: Monitor and Maintain Health and Safety, Maintain Working Relationships, Establish Crops or Plants, Identify the Presence of Pests, Diseases and Disorders.3 optional units can be chosen from a range of options suited to the work place. To achieve the Modern Apprenticeship candidates must also achieve 5 core skills at SCQF Level 4 in Communication, Working with Others, Problem Solving, ICT & Numeracy and a short course in Emergency First Aid approved by the HSE. The candidate also has to pass another accredited, legislatively and nationally recognised short course at a suitable level. E.g. Safe Use of Pesticides (PA1) or All-Terrain Vehicle Handling


At your workplace and at our Newtown Borders College Campus your tutor and training consultant will guide you every step of the way, providing personalised tutoring and support.


Scotland - candidates are required to attend our Newtown Campus as part of the award.

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Entry requirements

Candidates must be employed and working in a suitable environment to be able to provide evidence of their competence in the workplace.

Progression opportunities

Candidates can progress to a higher level Modern Apprenticeship award.


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