Key Stage 4:

The Vocational Opportunities Programme

Horticulture

If you enjoy working outside in the fresh air, are fascinated by science and nature and are creative and passionate about transforming places, Reaseheath Horticulture is definitely the right choice for you. With £8.3 million invested into our National Centre for Horticulture, the Environment and Sustainable Technology, we are supporting one of the UK’s largest industries. You’ll be working with the latest cutting edge technologies in the only college facility of its kind.

Course includes

What will I be doing?

  • Establishing and maintaining trees, shrubs and bedding
  • Laying and maintaining lawns and sports pitches by turf and seeding
  • Use of rotary and cylinder mowers
  • Erecting fences
  • Building patios and paths
  • Maintenance of fences, patios and paths
  • Propagation of plants

Where will I be working?

  • In the greenhouses
  • Outside in the grounds and gardens

What will I need to wear?

  • Overalls and boots with steel toe caps

What qualification will I gain?

  • The City & Guilds Level 1 Diploma in Land-based Studies

Options after this programme

Level 2

What will I be doing?

Two core units, which provide the key underpinning applied knowledge and skills in animal care:

  • Unit 1: Animal Health
  • Unit 2: Animal Handling

Two (from three) practical optional units:

  • Unit 3: Animal Welfare
  • Unit 4: Animal Housing and Accommodation
  • Unit 5: Principles of Animal Behaviour

Where will I be working?

In the College Zoo, a classroom and outside. Working with a range of mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, fish and invertebrates.

What will I need to wear?

  • Overalls and boots with steel toe caps
  • Wet and cold weather clothing for when working outside

What qualification will I gain?

  • BTEC First Award in Animal Care (L2 is equivalent to GCSE’s at grades A*-C new grades 4 and above)

There is an external exam for Unit 1 taken in year 11.

Options after this programme