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Horticulture Landscape Operative Apprenticeship Level 2

Horticulture Level 2 Apprenticeship at Bedford College

This apprenticeship will develop the skills and knowledge required to excel in the horticulture industry. A keen interest in horticultural practices and a want to progress in this industry is a must. Event if you have some basic knowledge and skill, this program will allows you to grow especially with the renewed focus on professional behaviours. the course is divided into two separate pathways providing the opportunity to fulfill your career aspirations as either a Horticulturalist or a Landscape Operative. 

College attendance

  • 1 day per week (technical content delivery)
  • Additional attendance for Maths and English (compulsory if the apprentice does not have Functional Skills Level 2 English and Maths or GCSE grade 4). Maths and English are delivered over separate ‘one week’ blocks.
  • Attendance on compulsory short courses

Entry requirements

Grade requirements: You will need a minimum of two GCSEs at grades 9-1 (A*-D), ideally including English and maths or a Level 1 equivalent.

Course content

During this apprenticeship you will study a range of topics, which could include:

  • Health and Safety
  • Business Skills
  • Communication
  • Hand held and Pedestrian operated Machinery use
  • Plant and Soil Science
  • Plant health

Depending on the pathway chosen,optional units will include: 

  • Horticulture - Propagation, establishing and maintaining amenity areas and ornamental turf
  • Landscape Operative - Construct and maintain hard landscape features, site surveying and marking out

Assessment methods

Continual assessments will be conducted in the work place through a mixture of practical observations learner questioning, learner discussions, written questions and the production of an ongoing journal of evidence. Once the evidence is gathered, a professional discussion with an external assessor will be conducted as part of the End Point Assessment (EPA). The EPA includes both theory and practical examinations.


You will gain the following qualifications:

Level 2 Apprenticeship in either Horticulture or Landscape Operative Standards


  • Emergency First Aid at Work
  • Level 2 - Safe use of handling and application of pesticides
  • Functional Skills in English and maths (if not completed prior)
Further study and career options

Further study: Upon successful completion of this course you will be able to progress on to the Advanced Level 3 apprenticeship in Horticulture. You could also choose to study a further education courses full-time, such as the Level 3 BTEC Diploma/Extended Diploma in Horticulture or RHS qualifications.

Future careers: This qualification could help secure employment as a, Horticultural technician, Landscape operative, Groundsperson, Gardener or as a Horticultural garden centre employee.

Additional information
Apprentices need to complete 20% off-the-job training during the on-programme phase of their apprenticeship which must take place in the apprentice’s contracted hours (college attendance contributes towards this count). The apprentice’s contracted hours (college attendance contributes towards this count). The apprentice must also complete a portfolio of evidence during their on-programme learning. The portfolio is not graded but will form the basis for the questioning during the professional discussion conducted close to the end of the program.

Course Information & How to Apply

To start this Apprenticeship you will need to be employed in a relevant job role – visit the Apprenticeships section of our website, where you can view our Apprenticeship vacancies. For further information or queries you can email us or call 01234 291747.

LengthStart DateDay(s)FeesLocationCourse Code
18 - 24 months Flexible In College – 1 day per week Apprentices do not have to pay a fee to study, however the employer may be required to pay depending on their Levy entitlement/age of the candidate. For further information call 01234 291747. Shuttleworth College B1369

Additional Learning Support
If you have a specific learning difficulty or disability, are deaf or hearing impaired, our Additional Learning Support team are on hand to give you assistance whenever you need it.  Find out more.

Autism & Asperger’s Syndrome Support
At Bedford College, we are committed to developing the provision for students on the autistic spectrum, including Asperger’s Syndrome.  Find out more.

We have access arrangements in place to help students with disabilities or any other particular needs. Call us on 01234 291000 for more information.

Additional formats
Course information sheets are also available in large print and audio formats. Call us on
01234 291000 to order your copy.

Next steps

To be eligible for an apprenticeship you must either be employed on a full-time contract by an employer willing to support your training or have an offer of employment as an apprentice. Bedford College can help you find a job role with an employer if you don’t already have one.

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Bedford College actively seeks to promote equality of access to education and training and to provide support where appropriate. Employers are made aware that apprentices have the same rights to protection against discrimination, harassment and victimisation under the Equality Act 2010 as employees. 

Apprentices who have disclosed a disability covered by Equality legislation have the right to request reasonable adjustments in the workplace. We will work with employers to ensure that appropriate adjustments are agreed and established to facilitate this.

At the College we provide additional support for students and apprentices who have a specific learning difficulty or disability.