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Practical Horticulture Skills (Level 2 Traineeship)

City and Guilds
Trades & Craftfs

Course Overview

This two year, Traineeship in Practical Horticulture Skills provides students with a wide range of skills for employment in horticulture. Students are taught mainly through practical tuition on our sites in Strabane and Springtown. The college has a strong link with CAFRE for those wishing to progress onto L3 in this area. The course will involve site visits to CAFRE campus as part of the programme exposing students to the wide range of options available within the Horticulture industry. Course content; Horticulture production (propagation, caring for horticulture crops, etc) Landscape and garden maintenance (plant identification, assessing soils, using machinery, planting and maintaining plants, etc) The qualification has around 50 units which the tutor will tailor to student strengths in order to achieve the full diploma. Please note this course will only run subject to adequate numbers.
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  • Duration
    2 Years
  • Campus

Important Message

This course may be available again from September 2024

Available Sessions

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  • Course: City and Guilds Level 2 Traineeship Practical Horticulture Skills
    Campus: Springtown
    Type: Full Time
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  • Course: City and Guilds Level 2 Traineeship Practical Horticulture Skills
    Campus: Strabane
    Type: Full Time
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Course Offering

  • Site location Springtown Strabane
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Course Modules

  • Minimum 11 Units required from choice of 50 available.
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Entry Requirements

UK Requirements

4 GCSEs Grades D-G to include Maths and English Grade E

ROI Requirements

4 OLCs (Grade 05-08 or above) or equivalent to include English (Grade 06 or above) and Maths at (Grade 05 or above)

Additional Requirements Prior to Entry

Attendance at Information Session

Work Placement

Work placement is a requirement to achieve the Traineeship qualification however as part of the programme work placement will be offered as an option for those students wishing to pursue a career in horticulture.

Fee Information

  • Additional Fees
  • Uniform - Safety boots and gloves are required

What's Next?

Further Study

Many Level 2 students gain employment in the industry on completion of the course but some high achieving students may have the opportunity to progress on to CAFRE City & Guilds Level 3 Advanced Technical Extended Diploma in Horticulture. The college award winning Careers Academy team will be on hand throughout the year to advise on suitable options for progression.

Career Prospects

Students can follow a career path in landscape, sports turf, edible or ornamental crop production and retail sectors.


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