Shipley College Full-time Prospectus 2020-21


We are a small, friendly college based in beautiful buildings in Saltaire Village, offering great full-time and part-time courses, apprenticeships and traineeships.

Horticulture Level 1

Course length: 1 year | Code: 7115

Horticulture Level 2

Course length: 1 year | Code: 7006

Entry requirements

• 2 GCSEs at grade 2 (E) or above in both English

& maths.

• We will do an assessment to find out which

course level is right for you.

• A positive attitude, be physically fit and have an

enthusiasm for practical outdoor work.

• You will be invited to a ‘taster’ session to find out

more about the course.

About the course

This is an excellent starting point if you are

completely new to Horticulture. You gain a good

working knowledge by combining practical projects

with some classroom based study. You learn how to

prepare soil, grow & care for plants, plant them out,

maintain them and look after tools & machinery. You

spend up to two days gaining vital work experience.

You also gain personal & social development skills

which help you with your studies and finding a job,

plus essential Functional Skills qualifications in

maths, English and ICT. As part of the Foundation

Learning offer, this course gives you an introduction

to lots of other subject options as well as

Horticulture. You will need safety boots and warm

clothes for working outdoors.

Your future

After completing your course, you can move on to the

Horticulture Level 2 course, find an apprenticeship

or employment in the Horticulture and Gardening


Entry requirements

• 2 GCSEs at grade 3 (D) or above, including English.


A full Level 1 at Pass grade, plus a GCSE grade 3

(D) or above in English.

• You will have an interview and further assessment

to check the course is right for you.

• A keen interest in working outside with plants.

About the course

Interested in the environment? This course is a great

introduction to the skills and knowledge you need

to form a solid base for a lifelong career. It offers

something for everyone, you can be creative and

learn how to design beautiful outdoor spaces. Topics

covered include practical horticultural skills, plant

identification & knowledge, garden maintenance and

how to use specialist tools & equipment. You will

learn landscaping skills including turfing, planting &

mulching, lawn & hedge maintenance and using a

wide range of horticultural machinery.

You will complete a work placement to build up

practical hands-on experience. In addition, you have

the opportunity to improve your English and maths.

You will need safety boots and warm clothes for

working outdoors.

Your future

On successful completion of the course, you could

progress to the Horticulture BTEC Level 3 course,

or on to an apprenticeship in Horticulture. You could

also use the skills and experience you have gained to

find employment in the Horticulture industry.


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