Skip to main content

City & Guilds Entry Level 3 Award, Certificate, Diploma in Skills for Working Life - Horticulture 14-16 Programme

About the course

Your school or Home Educating Parent or Guardian must complete Application Form Part B (Click Here) before your application will be processed.

This is an entry level course for young people who are interested in working in the horticultural and gardening industry. It will provide students with the basic practical skills and knowledge they need to either gain employment or progress to further education/training. It will also help develop common, social and interpersonal skills and widen life experiences.

This course is very practical in its content with learners experiencing the wide range of opportunities within Walton Hall and Gardens grounds and glasshouses/conservatories. Some work will be carried out in the classroom in order to embed practical knowledge with theory elements.

Students will infill with full time groups to achieve this qualification.

Course modules


Work Safely

Recognising Trees and Plants

Watering Plants


Effective Communication

Recognising Parts of a Plant

Harvesting Crops

Controlling Weeds

Edging Areas

Repairing Footpaths


Maintaining Areas of Habitat

Planting Trees

Constructing Composters

Making Basket Arrangements

Entry requirements & additional information

Entry requirements

Students need to be 14 or 15 and have an interest in horticulture and gardening.

Successful interview.

Learning and assessment

A combination of theory and practical learning; with assessment through a completed portfolio of work.


Year 10 students who progress well may move onto the Entry 3 Certificate/Diploma in Skills for Working Life – Horticulture for Year 11.

Related Further Education courses.

Special requirements

Costs that are mandatory for the course:

£1080 per annum (school cost)

Equipment/Clothing Requirements:

Sensible outdoor clothing, waterproof trousers and coat, steel toe capped boots/wellingtons, gloves.

Myerscough College Horticulture
Myerscough College Horticulture


Horticulture is a rapidly growing area of the economy thanks to a strong public interest in gardening, plants, sustainability and food security. According to the Royal Horticultural Society, the horticulture industry is the largest employer in the UK, supplying 18 million gardeners.

The number of garden centres continues to increase and the public demand for attractive horticultural landscapes remains strong. This means that plant growers, suppliers and managers are constantly looking for ways to improve their businesses.