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NPTC Entry Level Three Award Skills for Working Life Horticulture (14-16 Programme)

About the course

Brief Description of the Course This is an entry level course is 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 training. It will also help develop common, social and interpersonal skills and widen life experiences. The course is largely practical and students will work both in a classroom and in Croxteth Park's extensive historic park and gardens. Students will join full time learners on the course.

Parents/Schools, please note when completing the application form you must use child’s name and DOB but the parent/school email and telephone number. All official documents, interview and enrolment information will be emailed on the parent/school email provided and this could be anytime from the time of application through to September. If the email changes it is important you let us know. Failure to do so could lead to the application being withdrawn from the process.

Course modules

Year 1

Fill plant containers

Prepare and plant an area

Recognise plants

Recognise, use and care for tools used in horticulture

Weed a planted area

Entry requirements & additional information

Entry requirements

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

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


Students who successfully complete the course may wish to study full time at Myerscough or at another college.


Employment may be gained within the horticultural and gardening industry.

Special requirements

Sensible outdoor clothing, steel toe capped boots/wellingtons. You must also have an up to date tetanus vaccination.

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.