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Horticulture Intermediate (Level 2)


This Level 2 course has been developed to focus on the education and training of people who want to be involved in Horticulture. This course is designed to provide a foundation for learners to progress onto a Level 3 course in Horticulture or work in the Horticulture industry. The course will ensure that you develop the vocational knowledge, understanding and skills that are required for employment in land-based industries.

Entry requirements

To begin this study programme you will need... 

Duration: 1 Year

  • 3 GCSEs at grades A*-D or 9-3 ideally including English and maths 
  • Land-Based Studies BTEC Level 1 Diploma with Functional Skills
Duration: 2 Years
  • 3 GCSEs at grades A*-G or 9-1 ideally including English and maths, and a keen interest in horticulture. Other relevant levels of qualifications or experience will be considered.  

Course content

During this course you will cover seven core units:

  • Principles of plant science
  • Principles of soil science
  • Work-related experience
  • Establishing and maintaining plants outdoors
  • Introduction to land-based machinery operations
  • Understanding the principles of sports and amenity turf maintenance
  • Participating in propagation techniques.

(Please note that there may be minor changes to the units listed)

During the course you will also have the opportunity to gain additional qualifications in health and safety, and the NPTC Practical Horticulture qualifications. You will also have the opportunity to participate in trips, and be expected to attend a work placement.

Assessment methods

You will be continually assessed as the course progresses using a variety of methods, including presentations, case studies, portfolios and practical assessments


Horticulture BTEC Level 2 Diploma


  • English and maths skills
  • Work experience
  • Personal development skills
  • Study skills
  • Employability skills

You will also have the opportunity to take the additional qualification of Practical Horticulture NPTC Level 1 Certificate for a small additional cost.

Further study and career options

Upon completion of this course you could progress onto our Level 3 Land-Based courses, or onto employment in the land-based industries.

Additional information

If commuting to Shuttleworth College will be difficult for you, then you can choose to live in our halls of residence on campus. Priority is given to those who live the furthest distance from the College so make sure you book early to avoid disappointment. Visit our accommodation page for more information - To take part in this course you will be required to wear clothing appropriate for working outdoors, including steel toe-capped boots for practical sessions.

To take part in this course there will be an additional fee of approximately £120 for any trips or events that take place for your course and around £45 for uniform.

Funding information

All full-time Level 1 and Level 2 courses are now FREE for everyone, whatever their age. If you are looking to study a Level 3 qualification, courses are still free if you’re under 19 or 19-23 and studying your first full Level 3 qualification. If you’re over 23 or studying a second Level 3 qualification, you will need to pay a fee. Find out more on our financial support page at

Course Information & How to Apply

To apply online, select the 'Apply' button below. You will need to register an account and then you can follow the instructions on screen.

LengthStart DateFeesLocationCourse Code
1 year 10/09/2018 Launch our fee calculator Free for most people.
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Shuttleworth College B393

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Additional formats
Course information sheets are also available in large print and audio formats. Call us on
01234 291000 to order your copy.
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