Practical Horticulture - Level 2 City and Guilds Diploma - Stanmer

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We are only accepting one application per candidate.

What will you be working towards?

Code HOF003/PROG
Qualification Type Course Provider Certificate
Qualification Level Level 2
Course type Full Time


This is for you if you are looking to start a career within the horticultural sector. The horticulture sector is made up of many diverse industries delivering the science, art, technology, and business of ‘growing plants’.

Achievement of this qualification demonstrates to an employer that you have the necessary technical skills and knowledge they are looking for when recruiting for a trainee horticulture operative. Opportunities will be given to impress potential employers during our workdays towards the end of the course so that you may succeed in finding employment.

You will gain an understanding of the skills and knowledge that are important when you are working in a horticultural setting or progressing to further learning and training in this area. You will get lots of practice and support to enable you to develop as a horticulturalists.


This course primarily focuses on the production of fruit, vegetables, flowers, trees, shrubs, and glasshouse crops.

You will learn:

  • Production techniques in horticulture
  • Health and safety for the land-based industries
  • Working in the horticulture industry
  • Plant naming, identification, selection and science
  • Establishment and maintenance of plants outdoors
  • Care, maintenance and use of tools and machinery
  • Horticulture business skills

How will it be delivered?

Synoptic assignment: requires you to identify and use effectively in an integrated way an appropriate selection of skills, techniques, concepts, theories, and knowledge from across the course content area. 
1.5 hours theory exam: assesses your depth and breadth of understanding across content in the qualification at the end of the period of learning, using a range of question types and will be sat under invigilated examination conditions. Units 202, 203, 204, 205 and 206.
Health and Safety theory exam: This exam is designed to assess your depth and breadth of understanding of the “Health and safety for the land-based industries” 201 unit.
Assignment: The assignment requires you to identify and use effectively skills, knowledge, and understanding from across the content of unit 210 “Production techniques in horticulture”.
Grading: Assessment and exams will be graded Pass, Merit, and Distinction.

Entry requirements


  • You'll need to have achieved 3 or more GCSEs between grade A-D (new grades 9-3)
  • Successful completion of a related Level 1 qualification plus GCSE English and Maths
  • Mature students without the above requirements will be considered. 

Your next steps...

If you're thinking of horticulture, Plumpton is one of the finest locations for you to enjoy developing your creativity We've got the amazing backdrop of the South Downs just waiting for you to discover. Our extensively planted areas make sure that you get the chance to gain a broad experience in plant identification and plant maintenance. You'll be able to experience our endangered plant collections of Black Poplars and the National Collection of Hebes, plus our connection with Kew Gardens and the endangered plant network. you'll be able to use our large area under glass which means that you'll be able to grow plants all your round to a commercial level. We also have a large landscaping center where you'll be able to develop your brickwork and paving.