Level 2 in Horticulture

This one year, full-time City & Guilds Level 2 Diploma in Practical Horticulture Skills course provides students with a wide range of skills for employment in horticulture. Students are taught mainly through practical tuition in the ornamental gardens, woodlands, glasshouses and sports turf areas on Campus.

There are no tuition fees and a means tested maintenance grant is available to students studying this programme to help with living expenses. Further details can be found in the Financial Support section.

On Campus accommodation and free car parking are available and for students travelling to Greenmount Campus by public transport, the campus provides a free daily minibus service for the two mile journey to and from Antrim bus and rail centre.

Student success at National level

Greenmount Campus has a well qualified and experienced Horticulture teaching team and CAFRE graduates have established an amazing track record for competition success. In recent years Level 2 Diploma students have won a Gold Medal for their garden at Garden Show Ireland, and have been selected for national trials in landscape gardening. Making the most of opportunities has helped our students develop their CVs and secure employment within the industry.

Course content

The main areas of study are:

  • Horticultural business practices
  • Identification an selection of plants
  • Maintenance and use of machinery and equipment
  • Plant production techniques
  • Planting and maintenance

Additional information

In addition to the Diploma qualification, students complete a short course in Health and Safety, PA1 and PA6 training and assessment, and have opportunities to make great industry contacts through industry visits, study tours, competitions and college events.

The course also includes a short work experience period on or off Campus in semester 2. Students are provided with career planning guidance in preparation for industry experience and employment in a sector of their choice. Typical placements include; working for council parks departments, golf clubs, nurseries, garden centres, private and public gardens/estates and landscape contractors.

Progression opportunities and career destinations

Most Level 2 Diploma students take up employment in the industry on completion of the course but some high achieving students have the opportunity to progress to the City & Guilds Level 3 Extended Diploma in Horticulture. Students can follow career paths in landscape, sports turf, edible or ornamental crop production and retail sectors.

Entry Requirements

Normally two Grade Cs or three Grade Ds at GCSE, including English and Mathematics. Applicants who are still at school are encouraged to undertake school work experience with a horticultural business. CAFRE may be able to help you find a suitable placement in a horticultural sector of your choice.

Students who have not attained a Grade C or above in English and Mathematics at GCSE, or an equivalent qualification, have to attend additional classes in English and Mathematics as part of their programme of study.

Key staff

David Dowd

David Dowd

Senior Lecturer (Horticulture) Floristry, Horticulture,
Greenmount Campus

david.dowd@daera-ni.gov.uk