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City & Guilds Skills for Working Life - Horticulture

About the course

This is an entry level course for those who are interested in a career in horticulture. It is suitable for students with moderate learning difficulties and / or disabilities. The award is offered at Entry Levels 2 and 3 and focuses on a variety of horticultural vocational activities. Each level of the course takes an academic year to complete.

It will provide students with the basic practical skills and knowledge to either gain employment or progress to further training. It will also help develop common, social and interpersonal skills and widen life experiences.

Practical work is carried out in Victorian Walled Garden and surrounding parkland within Croxteth Park.

Course modules

Year 1

Candidate Project

Construct a Composter

Control Weeds in a Planted Area

Harvest a Crop

Personal Presentation and Hygiene

Plan and Make a Journey Using Public Transport

Planning for Progression

Recognise Parts of Plants

Water Plant Material by Hand

Work Safely

Entry requirements & additional information

Entry requirements

Students need to be 16 or over and have an interest in a practical subject to qualify. No previous qualifications are required and the College provides support for those who have learning difficulties and disabilities.


On completion of this course it may be possible for students to progress onto a Level 1 course, a supported internship, or into work.


Assistant gardener, assistant groundsman, garden centre assistant etc.

Special requirements

Suitable outdoor clothing and footwear for practical elements approx. £30

(There may be bursaries available to support with the purchase of these items.)

Minimum age 16 years old.

Foundation Learning at Myerscough College
Foundation Learning at Myerscough College

Foundation Learning

We provide a range of Foundation Learning full-time and part-time courses for students with additional needs. Our aim is to help students develop a range of important skills - social, academic and vocational - whilst providing the support and encouragement for them to grow in confidence and express their personality. View our Foundation Learning Presentation here!

The Foundation Learning team has built up an excellent reputation over many years for successfully working with students who have a wide range of learning difficulties and disabilities.