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Horticulture & Landscape Gardening

Climb, fell and manage woodland with forestry and arboriculture, learn the art of landscape gardening and transform the countryside or perfect plant management, groundsmanship and other horticulture skills in this hugely diverse industry.

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Beginners Guide to Pruning Shrubs and Trees

Pruning is an important horticultural skill and one that many are keen to get to grips with to ensure their gardens are kept in good order for the following year. The principles of pruning trees and shrubs will be described, tools and equipment will be discussed and demonstrated and a hands-on session will be included to enable the learner to gain experience of pruning a range of trees and shrubs. We will conclude by visiting and pruning our Heritage Apple Orchard. Saturday: 10:00 - 16:00

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Where Next Content: 

Students may wish to progress further on to other gardening classes within the College.

Reason: 
Develop new skills and techniques
Reason 2: 
Meet new friends in a safe enviroment
Reason 3: 
Good range of facilities and services
Reason 4: 
Appropriate classroom/workshop
Reason 5: 
Course is structured and well managed with helpful feedback
What will I Study: 

Please bring stout footwear and appropriate clothing for working outdoors. Self Service Refreshments & Snacks: Available to purchase from our Vending Machines. You are also welcome to bring a packed lunch with you.

How will I be taught: 

Practical demonstration by the tutor One to one tuition within the group Individual/group discussion/evaluations of the practical work achieved

How will I be assessed: 

N/A

Is Direct Enrol: 
Yes
Is Ucas Course: 
No
Is Loan Available: 
No
Course Level: 
Qualification gained: 
Beginners Guide to Pruning Shrubs and Trees
Course Info Sheet URL: 
http://courseinfosheet.chichester.ac.uk/index.aspx?coursecode=ADE061
Entry requirements: 
No previous experience required.
Course Code: 
ADE061
Qualification Type: 
Subject Area Colour: 
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Course Options: 
ADE061BW1A
EBS Updated: 
Tuesday, October 22, 2019 - 20:00

C&G L2 Tech Cert Forestry & Arboriculture

This Level 2 Technical Certificate in Forestry and Arboriculture is for you if you are looking to start a career within the forestry or arboricultural sector. Modern forestry and arboriculture practices involve far more than just growing trees for timber. There are numerous career options depending on your interests and goals, which range from managing large forests to managing trees for amenity and urban landscapes. This qualification is suitable if you are 16 years old, or over. You may or may not have any previous knowledge or experience in forestry or arboriculture. You will gain an understanding of the skills and knowledge that are important when you are working in a treework setting, or progressing to further learning and training in this area.

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Where Next Content: 

You will gain an understanding of the skills and knowledge that are important when you are working in a treework setting, or progressing to further learning and training in this area. A buoyant local industry will enable great opportunities for employment.

Reason: 
Brinsbury is in the heart of the West Sussex countryside
Reason 2: 
Brinsbury campus has 500 acres of land including woodlands and estate
Reason 3: 
Dedicated teachers with experience in delivering Arboriculture
Reason 4: 
Excellent linkls to local industries
Reason 5: 
Very high uptake into employment
What will I Study: 

The course content consists of:? Working in a forestry or arboriculture related business, Introduction to the forestry and arboriculture sectors, Health & safety in the land-based industries, Tools and equipment, Environment and conservation, Introduction to plant science, Tree classification and Identification, Tree establishment, Tree and woodland management

How will I be taught: 

A combination of classroom and practical sessions

How will I be assessed: 

To gain this qualification, candidates must successfully achieve the following assessments: One externally set, externally moderated assignment Two externally set, externally marked tests, sat under examination conditions

Is Direct Enrol: 
No
Is Ucas Course: 
No
Is Loan Available: 
No
Course Level: 
Level 2
Qualification gained: 
City and Guilds Level 2 Technical Certificate in Forestry and Arboriculture
Course Info Sheet URL: 
http://courseinfosheet.chichester.ac.uk/index.aspx?coursecode=CNS095
Entry requirements: 
3 GCSEs
Course Code: 
CNS095
Qualification Type: 
Subject Area Colour: 
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Course Options: 
CNS095BF1A
EBS Updated: 
Tuesday, October 22, 2019 - 20:02

Principles of Horticulture Level 2 Certificate

This RHS certificated course in the Principles of Gardening and Horticulture covers the theory relating to all aspects of gardening, including horticultural science, propagation, pests and diseases, crop production, ornamental gardening and garden planning. The course involves lectures and discussions on the various topics, as well as demonstrations of plants and gardening tasks. We are experiencing a high demand for this course and are near capacity. If you wish to apply for this course please contact Barbara Alderton on 01243 786 321 (1182) for further information.

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Where Next Content: 

You can progress into work or onto the RHS Level 3 course in Principles and/or Practical Horticulture

Reason: 
The excellent reputation of the RHS courses
Reason 2: 
Outstanding teaching and learning
Reason 3: 
Interaction with a wide range of relevant courses.
Reason 4: 
The opportunity to meet and work with fellow enthusiasts
Reason 5: 
The chance to develop your skills to a high level
What will I Study: 

Units taught include: plant classification, structure, and function, plant nutrition and the root environment, maintaining plant health, understanding plant propagation, understanding garden features, plant selection and planning, understanding the choice, establishment and maintenance of garden plants and lawns, understanding the production of outdoor vegetables and fruit and understanding protected environments and their use in plant cultivation. Please refer to the RHS website www.rhs.org.uk for full details.

How will I be taught: 

Using both our well-equipped classrooms and practical areas. Course material will also be available online.

How will I be assessed: 

There are 8 short exams on this course, four in February and four in June. You can build up your units to obtain the RHS diploma.

Is Direct Enrol: 
No
Is Ucas Course: 
No
Is Loan Available: 
No
Course Level: 
Level 2
Qualification gained: 
Certificate in the Principles of Horticulture (QCF)
Course Info Sheet URL: 
http://courseinfosheet.chichester.ac.uk/index.aspx?coursecode=HOR119
Entry requirements: 
No previous qualifications are required, just an enthusiasm and ability to learn about principles of horticulture.
Course Code: 
HOR119
Qualification Type: 
Subject Area Colour: 
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Course Options: 
HOR119BD1A
EBS Updated: 
Tuesday, October 22, 2019 - 20:03

Forestry & Arboriculture Courses

C&G L2 Tech Cert Forestry & Arboriculture

This Level 2 Technical Certificate in Forestry and Arboriculture is for you if you are looking to start a career within the forestry or arboricultural sector. Modern forestry and arboriculture practices involve far more than just growing trees for timber. There are numerous career options depending on your interests and goals, which range from managing large forests to managing trees for amenity and urban landscapes. This qualification is suitable if you are 16 years old, or over. You may or may not have any previous knowledge or experience in forestry or arboriculture. You will gain an understanding of the skills and knowledge that are important when you are working in a treework setting, or progressing to further learning and training in this area.

Header Image: 
Where Next Content: 

You will gain an understanding of the skills and knowledge that are important when you are working in a treework setting, or progressing to further learning and training in this area. A buoyant local industry will enable great opportunities for employment.

Reason: 
Brinsbury is in the heart of the West Sussex countryside
Reason 2: 
Brinsbury campus has 500 acres of land including woodlands and estate
Reason 3: 
Dedicated teachers with experience in delivering Arboriculture
Reason 4: 
Excellent linkls to local industries
Reason 5: 
Very high uptake into employment
What will I Study: 

The course content consists of:? Working in a forestry or arboriculture related business, Introduction to the forestry and arboriculture sectors, Health & safety in the land-based industries, Tools and equipment, Environment and conservation, Introduction to plant science, Tree classification and Identification, Tree establishment, Tree and woodland management

How will I be taught: 

A combination of classroom and practical sessions

How will I be assessed: 

To gain this qualification, candidates must successfully achieve the following assessments: One externally set, externally moderated assignment Two externally set, externally marked tests, sat under examination conditions

Is Direct Enrol: 
No
Is Ucas Course: 
No
Is Loan Available: 
No
Course Level: 
Level 2
Qualification gained: 
City and Guilds Level 2 Technical Certificate in Forestry and Arboriculture
Course Info Sheet URL: 
http://courseinfosheet.chichester.ac.uk/index.aspx?coursecode=CNS095
Entry requirements: 
3 GCSEs
Course Code: 
CNS095
Qualification Type: 
Subject Area Colour: 
key-color-land-green
Course Options: 
CNS095BF1A
EBS Updated: 
Tuesday, October 22, 2019 - 20:02

What can I study?

  • horticulture
  • forestry and arboriculture
  • landscape gardening

Facilities & Opportunities

  • dedicated facilities at our Brinsbury countryside campus
  • glasshouses
  • horticulture centre
  • landscaping areas
  • heritage orchard
  • opportunity to enter regional and national competitions

Your Future

There are many opportunities in the horticulture area, from gardening and landscape gardening, to working for a grower in a small nursery or bigger production glasshouses. You could start your own business, go into higher education or specialise in turf management and work for football or cricket clubs. 


What will I be doing?

This is a diverse industry and jobs may range from designing and creating beautiful gardens to working on a large country estate, or becoming a manager in the glasshouse industry. You could be working in parks, gardens, estates, garden centres, setting up your own business or moving into the food production industry. 


What skills will I need?

An interest in plants and landscapes, practical skills, communication, fitness, creativity and organisation.