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Apprenticeship Course Details

Horticulture Operative Intermediate Level Apprenticeship - Standards - 2019:20

Location:  Merrist Wood College
Course Code:  OS02WP1A002P
Year:  2019:20
Start Date:  10/10/2019
Duration:  2 Years
FT/PT:  Part-Time
Level: 2
Tuition Fees: £ 5000 (Levy paying Employers)
Tuition Fees: £ 500 (Non Levy Paying Employers with 50+ Employees)
Exam Fees: £ 0
Other Fees: Advanced Apprenticeships may have additional individual costs, we recommend you check with the college.
Subject Area

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Content / Overview

The Horticulture Operative Level 2 Apprenticeship will prepare you with the skills and knowledge to successfully work in the horticulture industry. The Horticulture industry is rewarding, offers a diverse range of employment opportunities and includes a range of skills that are transferrable into many other industries.

This Apprenticeship focuses on plant propagation and plant growth. As well as developing core knowledge, you will also develop a number of core transferrable skills including: communication, team working, health and safety, decision making and more.

Course Modules

Course content includes:

  • Understanding of the industry
  • Environmental protection
  • Plant growth and development
  • Plant identification
  • Soil science
  • Plant health
  • Vegetation control
  • Biosecurity
  • Health and Safety
  • Prepare and use a range of machinery
  • Propagation
  • Ornamental turf

Why Study Here

At Merrist Wood we have over forty years experience in providing specialist training in landscape and horticulture. Practical work is carried out in our dedicated landscape workshops, two of which are fully equipped for the modern landscaper. The college grounds are extensive and tuition is provided by skilled and experienced tutors with close industry links.

Suitable For

This Apprenticeship is suitable for those who are interested in pursuing a career outdoors, in the Horticulture industry.

Application Method

Application followed by individual interview

Entry Requirements

You must be working in a horticulture role and be interested in developing your skills. Alternatively, we have a number of vacancies available every week and are able to help you find an employer.

Intermediate apprentices must have GCSE Maths and English at grade 3 (grade D) or above, or equivalent.

Delivery Method

This Apprenticeship is suitable for anyone who enjoys working outside and is already working in the industry and wants to gain a recognised qualification, whilst being employed.


Continuous assessment in the workplace and in College. The end point assessment will have three elements: a synoptic practical assessment containing a range of practical activities, a professional discussion, and online knowledge assessment.


On successful completion you could work in public parks and gardens, green spaces and historic gardens, private gardens and estates or in production nurseries and retail outlets.


01483 88 40 00

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