Horticulture (Professional Gardening) Level 2 Full-time

In Brief

Start Date /

This one year study programme starts in September

Entry requirements
  • Four GCSEs at grade 3/D or above including English or Level 1 in Horticulture
  • Acceptance onto the programme is also subject to an interview
You will achieve

Level 2 Diploma in Horticulture

Last updated: 12th October 2018

Course overview

Working with plants, from designing and building a new city park to developing new food crops can be incredibly rewarding and there is
a wealth of career options for you to choose from.

Based at our Wigfield Farm campus, you will gain practical experience within the land-based industry as well as developing your skills and horticulture theory knowledge.

Course content

You will cover the following topics:

  • Prepare ground for planting
  • Plant container grown plants
  • Care for a planted area
  • Plant a container for display
  • Apply fertiliser
  • Prune deciduous spring flowers
  • Propagate indoors
  • Propagate by stem cuttings
  • Construct a paved area
  • Use a pedestrian controlled mower
  • Design a contemporary style garden

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed by a series of assignments. There is no formal end examination.

What equipment will I need?

You will be required to wear a standard uniform and also personal protection equipment for practical work, in the form of steel toe capped boots and overalls. You will also be required in addition to wear ear defenders, visor or eye protection as required when using machinery.

Where will I study?

Wigfield Farm
Haverlands Lane
S70 5NQ

What can I do next?

Employment: Landscaper, Grounds person, Garden centre assistant, Gardener.

Education: You can progress onto an Apprenticeship or into work

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 2 Full-time