The Level 2 course in Work-based Horticulture provides valuable in-service training for those already employed in the amenity horticulture sector. It aims to provide a good grounding in practical craft level skills in amenity horticulture and landscaping.
Students attend college one day per week from September to May where they develop their knowledge, understanding and competence levels. Candidates must develop their skills in the workplace, gather evidence for assessment of practical skills and complete a portfolio.
The course is comprised of eleven units:
- Clearing horticultural and landscaping sites
- Establish and maintain effective working relationships with others
- Establishing plants and seeds in soil
- Identify and report the presence of pests, diseases and disorders
- Identify the health and maintain the condition of general amenity turf
- Maintain and develop personal performance
- Monitoring and maintaining health and safety
- Plant nomenclature, terminology and identification
- Preparing ground for seeding and planting
- Remove unwanted plant growth to maintain development
- Use and maintain non-powered and hand held powered tools and equipment
Students who wish to achieve the Level 2 Apprenticeship in Horticulture and have not attained a Grade C or above in English and Mathematics at GCSE or an equivalent qualification, have to complete Essential Skills in Numeracy and Literacy. Completion of Essential Skills are optional for students on the NPTC Level 2 Diploma in Work-based Horticulture.
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Funding may be available under the ApprenticeshipsNI training initiative. As an apprentice you will be in paid employment with an employer from the beginning of the programme. The hours worked and the amount paid will be agreed with your employer before you start employment.
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Student profile: David Boyle
David Boyle level 2 PGGS student helping to plant Ribes sanguineum at Cafre
I'm a Park Ranger at the Colin Glen Forest Park. I’ve totally enjoyed every aspect of my time at Greenmount Campus. It was the best choice I’ve made in my working life. It has given me great confidence to fulfill my potential doing work I thoroughly enjoy, so I can further my career in the job I love. I couldn’t have done any of this without the help and training from the dedicated staff here at the Greenmount Campus.
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