Skip to main content

City & Guilds Level 1 Award / Certificate / Diploma in Practical Horticulture Skills (Croxteth Park /Sites Across Liverpool)

About the course

Brief Description of the Course:

This is a roll on / roll off course that is available to individuals and members of community groups across Liverpool City Region. Students start off on the award qualification and have the opportunity to build up through the Certificate to the Diploma qualification.

The Award qualification consists of 3 units or 'practical skills'. The Certificate qualification consists of 6 units/ 18 credits, or ‘practical skills’. The Diploma qualification consists of 13 units, or ‘practical skills’. The skills vary according to the delivery location and the time of year.


Various locations across Liverpool City Region, including:

Croxteth Park, L12

Court Hey Park, Knowsley

St Michaels in the City, L1

Dutch Farm, Garston

The Bridge Community Centre, Clubmoor

Entry Requirements:

Just a keen interest in horticulture and gardening.

Course Units:

There are 161 units to choose from. There are 4 mandatory units, usually completely during the Award and Certificate Qualifications. Optional units are selected according to student interest, the site and seasonality.

Mandatory units:

  • Prepare the ground for sowing or planting under supervision

  • Plant container grown subjects

  • Prepare soil and apply organic mulch

  • Water a bed, border or area of plants in containers

Examples of optional units include:

  • Prune hedges by hand

  • Prune deciduous shrubs flowering on current season’s growth

  • Support plants on wires, frames or trellis

  • Repair damaged turf with seed

  • Maintain hand tools

Learning and Assessment:

Every student builds up a portfolio of evidence, which is a record of the practical assessments that have been completed. Student’s practical skills are assessed through observation of practical work and assessor questioning confirms their understanding.

Special Requirements:

Costs that are mandatory for the course:

Applicants living in Liverpool City Region (Liverpool, Wirral, Sefton, Knowsley, St Helens, and Halton) are funded through the Adult Education Budget so there are no tuition fees.

Costs that are optional for the course:

None – this course is free to Liverpool City Region residents.


City and Guilds Level 2 Award/Certificate/Diploma in Practical Horticulture Skills

How to Apply:

To apply for this programme, please email croxteth@myerscough.ac.uk or call 0151 228 7162 to request an application form


Myerscough College Liverpool, Croxteth Hall and Country Park, Croxteth Hall Lane, Liverpool, L12 0HB


0151 228 7162





Please note that this information was accurate at the date of publication. However, programmes of study are continually being modified and information is subject to change.