Horticulture (Professional Gardening) Level 1 Full-time

In Brief

Start Date /

This one year study programme starts in September

Entry requirements
  • There are no formal entry requirements for this study programme
  • Good personal reference demonstrating acceptable level of attendance and commitment to hard work
You will achieve

Horticulture Diploma Level 1

Last updated: 12th October 2018

Course overview

If you would like a practical job working with plants, this course is ideal for you.
Based at our Wigfield Farm campus, you will be involved in plant production, selling plants in garden centres or tending to plants in parks and gardens.

Course content

You will cover various interesting topics in horticulture combining practical work with underpinning knowledge.

  • Preparing ground for sowing and planting
  • Preparing and planting container grown subjects, bulbs and hanging baskets
  • Cultivating land by single digging and forking
  • Caring for a planted area
  • Grass and turf care
  • Tree, weed and shrub identification
  • Assessing soil texture and condition

How will I be assessed?

Assessment throughout the programme will be continuous. It will consist of both observation of work activities at College and in the workplace, as well as written and oral tests of underpinning knowledge.

What equipment will I need?

You will require safety boots and other appropriate outdoor clothing.

Where will I study?

Wigfield Farm
Haverlands Lane
S70 5NQ

What can I do next?

On completion of this programme, you may wish to progress on to Practical Horticulture Level 2.  Alternatively, you may wish to seek employment in the horticulture industry.

How much does the course cost?

16 – 18 year olds

Full-time Barnsley College students aged 16-18 years old do not have to pay tuition fees.

19+ Students

Aged 19 or over and thinking about further education?

You may be eligible for free or reduced course fees . Please refer to our page ‘paying for your course.’

Financial support

You may be eligible for assistance with expenses such as travel, books, equipment and childcare. For further information please contact the Student Services Team on +44 (0)1226 216 114.

Extra information

Contact the Information Unit

For further information please contact our friendly Information Team on +44 (0)1226 216 123 or email info@barnsley.ac.uk

Want to join Barnsley Sports Academy and the Sports Village?

Barnsley College has a range of sports opportunities for all students to take part in, gain professional training and compete nationally and internationally. We also have a state-of-the-art fitness village, Honeywell Sports Village where students can make use of our fitness suite, spinning studio and classes for competitive rates. You don’t have to be studying sport to get involved in the Sports Academy.

Additional Learning Support

Our Additional Learning Support team can provide you with the support you need. Please contact them on +44 (0)1226 216 769.

English and Maths

Having good English and maths qualifications are important for most careers and we want to give you the help you need to succeed.

If you are aged 16 – 19 and don’t already have a grade C/4 or above in GCSE English and maths they will automatically be included in your study programme. If you want to work towards higher grades in English and maths  we can help you do that too.

Need a higher level maths qualification? We offer a Level 3 Mathematical Studies (Core Maths).

This can be added to your study programme

If you need any further information, please contact the Info Team.


Please note we reserve the right to change details without notice. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

Horticulture (Professional Gardening) Level 1 Full-time