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Horticulture and Landscape Operative (Level 2)

Horticulture Level 2 Apprenticeship at Bedford College

This apprenticeship will ensure that you develop the skills and knowledge required by employers in the horticulture industry. It is ideal if you already have some knowledge and basic skills or a keen interest in horticulture and want to progress in this industry. The course will allow you to choose a pathway that suits your skills and job role, including: Horticulture; Parks, Gardens and Green Space; Landscaping; or Sports Turf - Groundsman. There will also be the opportunity to study for additional professional qualifications, such as safe use of pesticides, hedge trimmers and powered cultivators.

Entry requirements

Grade requirements:

GSCE Maths and English 3/D grade

Course content

During this apprenticeship you will study a range of topics, which could include:

  • Industry understanding; the importance and benefits of green-space and the types of horticultural skills appropriate to different businesses and cultural sites.
  • Business; business policies, vision and values. Workers’ contribution to earning profit and awareness of commercial pressure. Understanding of how project management informs a team to achieve objectives.
  • Health and safety; health and safety regulation, legislation, policy and procedure and the responsibility of workers. Knowledge of hazards and working to strict health, safety, quality and environmental (HSQE) processes particularly appropriate to horticultural sites.
  • Plant growth and development; plant nutrition and plant requirements. The principles of germination, photosynthesis, respiration and transpiration (the science of plant growth). How to care for plants correctly in different environments. The relationship between environmental conditions and plant growth.
  • Tools, equipment and machinery; correct tools, equipment and machinery required for the job and the importance of maintenance / regular checks of these items to ensure they remain in good working order. Legal requirement of training by a competent person and familiarity with operator training and certification requirements.

Vegetation control; how to control vegetation and methods of site clearance and removal of vegetation.

Assessment methods

On-programme Assessment

Apprentice journal: the apprentices should record experiences gained through the learning journey and reflect on their development over the apprenticeship period; reviewing the impact of their activities and behaviours on (a) the business and (b) the team.

b) Written and practical tests: these should be designed to prepare the apprentice for the end point assessment and test seasonal elements.

c) Employer appraisals: the progress of the apprenticeship should be monitored by the employer through a performance appraisal system. This will help in confirming that the apprentice is on track to complete the learning, and agree how any issues will be addressed.


End Point Assessment

The end point assessment will have three elements:

 A synoptic practical assessment containing a range of practical activities

 Professional discussion

 On line knowledge assessment meeting the knowledge requirements of the standard


You will gain the following qualifications:

Level 1 English and Maths with opportunity to gain Level 2.


Further study and career options

Further study: Upon successful completion of this course you will be able to progress on to the Advanced Level 3 apprenticeship in Horticulture. You could also choose to study a further education courses full-time, such as the Level 3 BTEC Diploma/Extended Diploma in Horticulture or Level 3 Diploma in Principles and Practices of Horticulture.

Future careers: This qualification could help you find work in roles such as agricultural/horticultural technician, garden designer, gardener, groundsperson, horticultural garden centre worker or landscaper.

Course Information & How to Apply

To start this Apprenticeship you will need to be employed in a relevant job role – visit the Apprenticeships section of our website, where you can view our Apprenticeship vacancies. For further information or queries you can email us or call 01234 291747.

LengthStart DateDay(s)FeesLocationCourse Code
18 months Flexible In College – 1 day per week Apprentices do not have to pay a fee to study, however the employer may be required to pay depending on their Levy entitlement/age of the candidate. For further information call 01234 291747. Shuttleworth College B1369

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We have access arrangements in place to help students with disabilities or any other particular needs. Call us on 01234 291000 for more information.

Additional formats
Course information sheets are also available in large print and audio formats. Call us on
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Next steps

To be eligible for an apprenticeship you must either be employed on a full-time contract by an employer willing to support your training or have an offer of employment as an apprentice. Bedford College can help you find a job role with an employer if you don’t already have one.

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Bedford College actively seeks to promote equality of access to education and training and to provide support where appropriate. Employers are made aware that apprentices have the same rights to protection against discrimination, harassment and victimisation under the Equality Act 2010 as employees. 

Apprentices who have disclosed a disability covered by Equality legislation have the right to request reasonable adjustments in the workplace. We will work with employers to ensure that appropriate adjustments are agreed and established to facilitate this.

At the College we provide additional support for students and apprentices who have a specific learning difficulty or disability.