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Practical Horticulture – Award – Sparsholt qualification



Type of study





Sparsholt College, SO21 2NF


09:30 - 16:30

Course Status

note our intakes for the 2022/23 academic year are now full, applications for
the 2023/24 intake will open in Summer 2023.
To register your interest for
the new prospectus, please email
and we will notify you via email once applications open for the 2023/24 academic
year in Summer 2023.

What will I learn?

This course is aimed at the keen gardener, career changer, new employees in the horticultural trade and staff looking to improve their knowledge of practical horticulture working for Local Authorities and landscape companies.
It is a practical course with only the identification section taught as theory.
This is a bespoke Sparsholt College qualification.
It is a 16-week course based in the horticultural section of Sparsholt College taught by knowledgeable and experienced tutors.
There are no exams in the course just a weekly plant identification test.
The course will be practically assessed by the tutors.
Subjects covered may include: Cultivations and No-Dig growing, Plant Identification, Selection and Maintenance, Vegetable and fruit growing, Lawn care and wildflower meadows, Propagation techniques, Soil analysis , Pest and disease identification and controls
Organic growing techniques, Protected cropping /greenhouse growing/Container growing and small Machinery usage.

Entry Requirements

No entry requirements necessary for this course. The course is aimed at hobbyists and keen gardeners wanting to gain knowledge and skills in Horticulture.

Further Information

Steel toe capped boots or very sturdy walking boots/approach shoes are essential for the participation of this course.