Land-Based Studies Diploma (Horticulture)

Land-Based Studies Diploma (Horticulture)

Study Mode: Full Time
Course Code: AGAAA031BCF0
Course Level: Level 1

Where will this course lead?

Our introductory Level 1 course is the ideal qualification for anybody wanting to get involved in working in the gardening industry.

Careers are vast from with a qualification in horticulture such as retail, arboriculture, grounds maintenance, garden designer, hard landscaper, plant researcher, plant grower, sports turf and greenkeeping.

Whilst at College you will be working in a very pleasant walled garden, new classrooms and a purpose built barn where students can work regardless of the weather.

What will I study?

This course will cover:

- Health and Safety
- Working in a Team
- Plant Identification
- Plant Pests and Diseases
- Prepare Ground and Plant
- Maintain Plants

You will also complete core units in Personal and Social Development which may involve practical voluntary work as well as setting up an enterprise such as growing and selling plants.

How will this course be delivered?

You will spend three days per week in College and one day at a horticultural related work placement.

What qualifications will I get?

Certificate in Land-based Studies (QCF)

How will I be assessed?

The course is assessed by on-line and practical tests.

How do I get a place on the course?

You will need to attend an interview.

What are the entry requirements?

An interest in gardening and related subjects

Someone who enjoys practical work and likes working outside in all weathers

A successful interview.

What else do I need to know?

You will need to provide steel toe capped safety boots and purchase College T-shirts and sweatshirts.

Good levels of English and Maths are important for your success in your course, your chosen vocation and life. Throughout your course you will continue to develop your English and Maths skills in your vocational classes.

If you haven't achieved an A*/9 - C/4 grade in English or Maths at GCSE, or a Level 2 Functional Skill, you will also be working towards a qualification in English or Maths at a level that will enable you to progress towards these grades.

If you have a Learning Difficulty or Disability please let us know when you apply. You will be offered support in your interview. If you need help completing your application we can help with this too.

Solihull College offers full time and part time courses for businesses and residents in Birmingham, Walsall, Wolverhampton, Coventry Warwickshire and the whole of the West Midlands.

What can I do after this course?

If you are successful on this course, you will be able to continue studying towards a Level 2 First Diploma in Horticulture or Horticultural Level 2 Work-based Apprenticeship.

For the Apprenticeship you will need to be in employment for approximately 30 hours per week, this can be discussed at your interview.


Solihull College, Blossomfield Road, Solihull, B91 1SB, Tel: 0121 678 7000, Minicom: 0121 628 7005, Email:, Internet:

Have a question about the course?
Please contact Admissions on 0121 678 7000 with any queries.
Start Date
Course Fee

Blossomfield Campus

September 2017



Not Applicable to 16-18 year olds