NPTC Level 1 Award/Certificate/Diploma in Practical Horticultural Skills
Students can choose from a total of 56 units, covering a diverse range of skills from growing and looking after plants, building and maintaining gardens, using tools and machinery correctly and learning about the environment.
The course is suitable for all levels as students work towards the award (three units), certificate (eight units) or in some cases, the diploma (17 units). They are taught to work in a professional and safe manner and are encouraged to develop confidence working in a team. The work we do is also linked to a complimentary employability course, so students can develop the skills needed to work in any professional environment.
On completing the course students may move on to study horticulture at a higher level, eventually branching into more specialised areas such as landscaping, floristry or arboriculture. Those who achieve highly may move onto apprenticeships and sometimes paid work. Others find they can move onto other practical courses - a year working in teams in our gardens has given them the confidence and maturity they need to learn new skills and progress in other directions.
The course takes place in the beautiful Roots and Shoots garden which has excellent training facilities; including a large heated greenhouse, poly-tunnel and dedicated sales area. Students also have access to the Roots and Shoots allotment offsite. We also visit Kennington Park and other sites for work experience and to volunteer on various community and green projects.
The course is portfolio-based with assessments on individual skills when a student is ready. Whether you are a beginner, a keen gardener or enjoy the practical nature of manual working, the gardening course is a fantastic way to develop your skills, confidence, health and future prospects.