• Horticulture

    Skills for Work - Rural Skills (Level 4)

  • Eligible Schools

    East, North and South Ayrshire

  • Location/Date/Time

    Monday and Wednesday
    2:00 – 4:00

  • Start Date

    Aug 2023

Who is this course for?

This course is designed as an introductory course for students who enjoy being outdoors and wish to explore career options in rural industries.

What is the course about?

This course is about learning rural skills, It introduces students to using hand tools safely. Meeting standards whilst working with plants and gardening.  

You will learn about:  

estate maintenance, to include path and fence repair, border maintenance, repairs to water pipes, tool identification 

soft landscaping, to include pruning shrubs, weeding, digging, planting bulbs, trees etc, propagation. 

crop production, to include growing a crop from seed, care of the crop, watering and feeding and harvesting. 

land based industries, to include investigation into the nature of a range of land-based industries, Identify job opportunities available in a range of land-based industries. 

employability skills for the land-based industries, to include developing work practices and knowledge and understanding of safe working practices  

You will also develop your communication skills, team working, and critical thinking skills. 

What are the entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements for this course. However, the ability to be able to work in all weathers and an interest in the natural environment is a positive advantage. 

How will I be assessed?

Assessment of this course is through a series of theoretical and practical assessments or tasks. Some assessments will be carried out under supervised open-book conditions, others under supervised closed-book conditions. 

Next Steps

Successful completion of this course will give you the entry requirements for the Level 4 Garden and Horticulture course. This can lead to either a level 5 garden and landscaping course or a level 5 woodland skills course which could lead to the level 6 tree surgery course. 

Places available



Start Date

Aug 2023

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