Skip to main content

Horticulture Intermediate (Level 2)

Shuttleworth College Horticulture Students


Horticulture Intermediate (Level 2)

The full-time BTEC Technical Diploma in Horticulture Level 2 is a 1-year course which provides the skills to progress to a more advanced qualification or work in the horticultural industry. The course will prepare you to work with plants, learn about propagation and soil management and undertake an extended work placement with an employer.  You will learn about the wider horticultural industry including a variety of industry jobs such as nurseries, garden centres, parks, sports grounds, soft and hard landscape contractors, or in private gardens.

Shuttleworth College has a working walled garden where all of our horticulture students gain excellent experience of working in a specialist horticultural setting, learning in both practical and theory lessons including, planting and cultivations, soil health and plant names. You will have access to the wider college estate including green houses, polytunnels and machinery centre to give you an excellent understanding of the horticultural industry.

Ready to apply?

Apply Now
Apply Now

Course information

Need to know

Entry requirements


3 GCSEs grades 9–3  including English & Maths and a keen interest in horticultural studies.


Other relevant levels of qualification or experience will be considered.

What qualification will I gain?
  • BTEC Level 2 Technical Diploma In Horticulture.
  • GCSE Maths and English if required.
How will I be assessed?

You will be continually assessed as the study programme progresses; a variety of methods of assessment will be used, including presentation, case studies, assignments and practical assessments.

Course content

What will I study?

There are five mandatory units:

  • Health and Safety
  • An introduction to plant and soil science
  • Horticulture work placement
  • Land-based machine operations
  • Estate maintenance

You will also Study 3 further units which are specific to horticulture development

  • Establishing and maintaining plants and seeds
  • Nursery stock production
  • Propagation techniques

Next steps

Course progression:

Following successful completion of this course you will be able to progress to a Level 3 Qualification within horticulture or other land based sector.

Career progression:

Horticultural job opportunities following completion of the course include:

  • assistant groundsperson
  • horticultural worker
  • trainee gardener

Additional information

To study this course you will be required to have:


  • Steel Toe Capped Boots or Wellington Boots
  • 1 Pairs of Overalls or water proof coveralls

To take part in this course you will be required to pay up to £60 for PPE. There will also be non-compulsory trips of approximately £300 to support with wider industry understanding.

Any questions?

If you would like to find out more about this or other courses, please use our Livechat below, or  contact

Available Courses
Shuttleworth College
Starts: 16/09/2024
Type: Full Time
Length: 35 weeks
Day(s): Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
Time(s): 9:00am - 4:30pm
Apply now
Fees: 16-18 Yrs: Fully Funded 19+ Yrs: Fully Funded*

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.

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.


Any questions?

If you would like to find out more about this or other courses, please use our Livechat below, email or call us on 0345 658 8990.


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 to order your copy.