BTEC Level 2 Technical Diploma in Horticulture – Subject to approval

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This qualification is for you if you want to start a career in horticulture. It is an ideal qualification if you are intending to progress directly to employment, an apprenticeship or further study. Both practical and theory elements will be incorporated into this qualification.

Course Information

This one year full time course will allow learners to gain the skills and knowledge to work with a variety of plants. This qualification will be taught at Temple Newsam, a large country estate on the outskirts of Leeds. Within the estate there is a wide variety of ecological and managed horticulture areas to effectively develop learner skills. This is the perfect location to undertake any horticulture qualification. There are five mandatory units that relate directly to the skills, knowledge and behaviours expected from horticulture employers within the sector. In addition there are additional units that are specific to the surroundings at Temple Newsam.


Who is this course for?

If you are in year 11 or 12 and are looking to take your next steps towards a career in horticulture then this course is for you. Studying in the idyllic Temple Newsam estate with the renowned Walled Garden with its glass house and 800 yard herbaceous borders as well as the Rhododendron Walk, there really is no better place to study Horticulture in the region. This qualification is also suitable for adult learners that are looking for a career change or to enhance their knowledge.

Units / Modules

  • Introduction to working in Land-based industries
  • Introduction to plant and soil science
  • Horticulture work placement
  • Land-based machinery operations
  • Estate maintenance in horticulture
  • Establish and maintain plants and seeds
  • Establish and maintain soft landscapes
  • Nursery stock production

Units and modules are subject to change.

Benefits / Skills

  • Develop your practical horticulture skills
  • Understand health and safety requirements working in this industry

Assessment Types

  • Internal synoptic assessment
  • Practical assessments
  • Theory assignments and tasks

Entry Requirements

4 GCSE’s at grade 3 or above

Career Progression

  • Progression onto a level 3 programme
  • Employment opportunities including: plant area assistant, assistant groundsperson, horticulture worker, trainee gardener, trainee landscape operative and trainee ground maintenance operative

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Course Details


1 year

Study Type

Full time

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Course Fee (16-18)

No fee

Course Facts

Trips and Opportunities

Delivered at the idyllic Temple Newsam estate


In addition to the qualification you will also develop your transferable technical and practical skills

Extra Curriculum

This course can lead to a level 3 qualification

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