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Based at Hetton Lyons Country Park, our Horticulture learners have the opportunity to learn how to use and maintain machinery, complete garden design, hard and soft landscaping and more.

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48 weeks*

1 & 2

Full & Part Time

Hetton Lyons Country Park

About the course

Our Horticulture qualifications are ran from Hetton Lyons Country Park, and involve hands on training rather than classroom based, meaning you’ll be learning practical skills in a realistic setting. Horticulture learners have the opportunity to learn how to use and maintain machinery, complete garden design, hard and soft landscaping, paving and fencing. They learn to plant trees, shrubs and flowers and propagate. Learners will also cover brush cutting and first aid qualifications.

Free transport is now available to and from Hetton Lyons Country Park for our horticulture learners.

What do you need to apply for the course?

Entry Level – No previous qualifications are required for this programme, however, a pre-course interview will be required before a place is offered.

Course Costs

Courses are free if you’re aged 16-18.

How will you be assessed?

You will be assessed via written assessments and practical assignments.


To equip individuals with the skills for a career in the horticulture or gardening sector. On completion of our Horticulture qualification, career opportunities can include gardener, landscaper, hedge trimmer, tree surgeon, countryside ranger and forestry worker.

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City and Guilds

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After leaving school I was looking for a training provider that offered me lots of hands-on learning and as I’ve always been interested in horticulture Springboard seemed to offer me the best options. I started with Springboard in May 2017 at Hetton Lyons Country Park and was able to learn lots of skills which enabled me to pass Level 1 and 2 in Practical Horticulture. As part of this training I was able to use these skills in the park to help maintain it to an award winning standard. Earlier this year I was able to gain full time employment as an apprentice with Ian Howe Landscaping, without the skills and knowledge I gained from Springboard I wouldn’t have felt that I could progress so easily. I would recommend Springboard to anyone who has an interest in this line of work and feels that they would benefit from a good mix of hands-on and classroom based learning. If you are prepared to put the work in then there is no limit to the benefits that you can gain.

Sean Middlemass
Apprentice, Ian Howe Landscaping

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