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Horticulture and Landscape Operative (Standard) Advanced Apprenticeship

Shuttleworth College Horticulture Students


Horticulture and Landscape Operative (Standard) Advanced Apprenticeship

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.

Available Courses
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Starts: Various
Type: Apprenticeships
Length: 2 years
Day(s): Flex

Whilst every effort is made to ensure the information on the Website is correct, some details may be subject to change. The Bedford College Group reserves the right to make amendments to the courses, dates, fees or other details, and to make cancellations or changes if numbers are insufficient. In the unfortunate situation that we have to cancel a course we will refund your fees in full, but we regret we are not able to offer any refund if you withdraw from your course or fail to start, and you will be liable to pay any outstanding fees that may be due.

Course Information

Entry requirements

Grade requirements: You will need a minimum of two GCSEs at grades A*-D, ideally including English and  maths or a Level 1 equivalent.

Course content

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

  • Monitoring and maintaining health and safety
  • Maintaining and developing personal performance
  • Establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with others
  • Clearing horticultural and landscaping sites
  • Maintain moisture levels for crops or plants
  • Provide nutrients to crops or plants

Other units will vary depending on which pathway you choose to follow.

Assessment methods

The majority of assessment will take place in the work place through a mixture of practical observation and questions, learner discussion, written questions and the production of a portfolio of evidence. There is also a short multiple choice test marked externally.


You will gain the following qualifications:

Work-Based Horticulture City & Guilds/NPTC Level 2 Diploma

  • Emergency First Aid at Work Level 2 Award
  • Employment Rights and Responsibilities
  • Functional Skills in English and maths.

You will also have the opportunity to take additional qualifications including Safe Use of
Pesticides (PA1), Cylinder and Rotary Operated Pedestrian Mowers, Chainsaw and Related
Operations, Safe Use of Hedge Trimmers and more.

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.

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Next Steps

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.

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.

View apprenticeship vacancies

Additional Learning Support

If you have a specific learning difficulty or disability, are deaf or hearing impaired, our Additional Learning Support team are on hand to give you assistance whenever you need it.

Autism & Asperger’s Syndrome Support

We are committed to developing the provision for students on the autistic spectrum, including Asperger’s Syndrome.


We have access arrangements in place to help students with disabilities or any other particular needs. Call us on 01234 291000 or 01536 413123 for more information.

Additional formats

Course information sheets are also available in large print and audio formats. Call us on 01234 291000 or 01536 413123 to order your copy.