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Horticulture for Health and Wellbeing – Award – Sparsholt qualification



Type of study



  • 02/02/2023 - 15/06/2023 (VQAHHW/FC02)




Sparsholt College, SO21 2NF


09:30 - 16:30

What will I learn?

The Award in Horticulture for Health and Wellbeing (known previously as Award in Social Therapeutic Horticulture) is aimed at those passionate hobbyists, healthcare workers, horticultural staff and employees working in rehabilitation who want to develop and refine their skills in relation to Horticulture Therapy.
It is a practical based course designed to deliver the skills required to practice horticultural therapy. It utilises resources, method of delivery and style of teaching from expert staff.
The course is aimed at learners who are either new to the industry or simply want to enhance their skills. Social Therapeutic Horticulture uses plants and time spent in the garden to aid and support patients back into rehabilitation. Those patients may have suffered mental health issues, stroke patients, wounded veterans and many more.
The course is studied one day a week for a series of 16 weeks.
You will be taught by staff with a background of professional therapy and horticulture.
You will get an insight into the industry and benefit from their vast and considerable experience.
One of the key features of the industry is that it recognises a student’s competence in practice rather than academic achievement. As such, there are no formal exams, but the assessment strategy is designed to evidence a benchmark of professional competence rather than academic rigour. This involves utilising assessment strategies such as presentation skills, practical assessments, and portfolio development.
A live project will be undertaken, as part of this course.

Where will it lead me?

Learners can explore further courses available in other subjects linked closely to therapeutic horticulture to add to one’s professional portfolio.

Entry Requirements

No entry requirements necessary for this course.
The course is aimed at hobbyists and keen gardeners, medical professionals and other career pathways wanting to gain knowledge and skills in Therapeutic Horticulture for Health and Wellbeing.