• Horticulture

    Introduction to Gardening and Landscaping Skills

  • SCQF Level

    Comparable to Level 4

  • Attendance/Duration

    Full-time, one year

  • Start Date

    Aug 2024


Please note, this course is taking applications for waiting list only.

Our Introduction to Gardening and Landscaping Skills course opens the door to a world of possibilities in horticulture. Whether it's gardening, landscaping, tree surgery, or garden centres, this field offers a wide range of career options.

Our partnership with the Dean Estate in Kilmarnock ensures that you'll have hands-on experience in a real-world setting, making your learning journey truly immersive.

Entry Requirements

To apply for this exciting course, you'll need:

  • a genuine interest in working outdoors
  • three National 3s or equivalent, or relevant experience
  • an interview with us

If you don’t have formal qualifications but have life experience, then we’ll also consider you for a place, so please do apply.

Course Content

In this course, you will have the opportunity to:

  • develop gardening skills, including grass and plant maintenance
  • learn gardening techniques such as safe use of hand tools, planting containers, and plant propagation
  • focus on environmental aspects and learn to identify trees, plants, and wildlife
  • develop skills in soft and hard landscaping, including planting, pruning, slabbing etc.
  • learn how to maintain an allotment, grow your own fruit and vegetables

Next Steps and Career Opportunities

After successfully completing this course, you may have the opportunity to:

  • progress to a Level 5 course, such as Gardening and Horticulture Skills
  • start your career in horticulture with employment or pursue a Modern Apprenticeship in horticulture, landscaping, or estate maintenance
  • start your own gardening services business

Why Choose This Course?

Applying for our Introduction to Gardening and Landscaping Skills course is your first step toward a fulfilling career in the great outdoors. You'll gain practical skills that can be applied in real-world scenarios. You'll also develop essential transferable skills, including communication, problem-solving, and teamwork. This course equips you with versatile cognitive skills, preparing you for a range of opportunities in the horticulture field.

Places available



Start Date

Aug 2024

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