Foundation Level 1


If you’re keen to find out more about gardening and plants, this course could be right for you.

You’ll gain a basic overview of what working in the horticultural industry involves and learn a range of gardening skills. This is a really ‘hands-on’ practical course, and you’ll learn how to use gardening tools and how to prepare the ground for planting flowers and vegetables.

Course includes

What will I study?

  • Propagating plants
  • Seed sowing
  • Growing vegetables
  • Using mowing machines
  • Using tools
  • Health and Safety
  • Maintaining grass surfaces
  • John Muir Award
  • Work Experience
  • Personal development classes
  • Preparation for interview
  • Job applications and course applications
  • You will undertake a 2-3 week work placement
  • Functional Skills or GCSE in English and Maths depending on previous qualifications

How long will it take?

  • 1 year, full-time

What qualifications do I need to start?

  • Some GCSEs at grades E/F
  • If you think your grades will be below E/F, we advise you to apply for the Entry Level Programme

What qualifications will I gain?

Course options after this programme

Career options

  • Assistant nursery worker
  • Assistant gardener
  • Assistant greenkeeper or groundsperson
Useful information

How much will this course cost?

If you are under 19 on 31st August 2018 the tuition fees and exam costs are free for our courses. If you are aged 19 or over you may have to pay a fee.

You may also be required to pay costs associated with study tours or additional qualifications.

For more information on fees and to find out about what financial support may be available to you visit the student finance pages on our website.


Our college buses pick up over 1,400 students each day from a wide area. From September 2018 all college bus routes to Reaseheath will be FREE. To find a bus route near you visit the transport pages on our website.


At Reaseheath we have on-site residential accommodation for 785 students. If you are aged over 16 and studying on a full-time course you may apply for a residential place. Visit the accommodation pages on our website for more information.

How do I apply?

If you have found a course you are interested in and are in Year 11 or above you can apply now online. For a step by step guide on the application process visit the how to apply pages on our website.

Student Profile
Tish Woolley

Ambition: Self-employed gardener

School: King’s Grove High School, Crewe

Age: 19

Tish is inspired by watching plants develop and grow so she’s been in her element studying horticulture at Reaseheath.

She’s enjoyed being hands-on, mulching flower beds and planting out sweet peas in the college grounds and pricking out young plants in our glasshouses. She’s also started to learn about garden design and took part in a team competition to build a garden against the clock during our annual Family Festival.

Although she has always liked gardening, Tish wasn’t sure what she wanted to do at first and studied animal care at entry and foundation level before switching to horticulture. She’s now joined our Level 2 Diploma in Horticulture and hopes to progress further.

Tish enjoys relaxing on our lawns and woodland areas and says that the countryside feel of our campus is one of the best things about Reaseheath.

She adds: “The environment is really nice and so are the people. I’ve made a lot of friends over the past three years. Everyone helps each other out and the tutors are lovely too.”