Level 2 in Parks, Gardens and Green Spaces (part-time)

This City & Guilds Level 2 Diploma course in Work-based Horticulture provides valuable in-service training for those already employed or self-employed in the amenity horticulture sector. It is primarily designed for those who are already working in parks maintenance or delivering professional landscape maintenance services. Students attend college on a day-release basis over two years.

Course content

The main areas of study are:

  • Clearing horticultural and landscaping sites
  • Control of pests, diseases and disorders
  • Effective working relationships
  • Health and safety
  • Maintenance of amenity turf
  • Personal development
  • Plant identification
  • Pruning
  • Site preparation, seeding and planting
  • Use of tools and equipment

Students attend college one day per week from late September for 12-18 months to develop their knowledge, understanding and competence levels. Candidates must develop their skills in the workplace, gather supportive evidence for assessment of practical skills and complete a personal portfolio.

Progression opportunities and career destinations

This course may provide students with an opportunity to progress onto the Level 3 Work-based Diploma in Landscape Maintenance. The Level 2 qualification produces skilled operatives who can quickly become team leaders within the grounds care and amenity horticulture sectors. This qualification may allow students to obtain better rates of pay, permanent positions or alternative job roles within the industry.

Entry Requirements

Applicants must be employed or self-employed in a relevant job within the amenity horticulture sector for at least 21 hours per week and should normally have two Grade Cs or three Grade Ds at GCSE including English and Mathematics.

Students who have not attained a Grade C or above in English and Mathematics at GCSE or equivalent will complete Essential Skills in Numeracy and Literacy as part of their programme of study.

Key staff

Paul Campbell

Paul Campbell

Senior Lecturer Work-based and Apprenticeship Programmes (Horticulture)Horticulture,
Greenmount Campus