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Bradford College

Horticulture & Sustainability

Qualification Gained
City & Guilds Employability Skills and BTEC Vocational Studies
Study Level
Entry Level, Entry 3, Level 1
1 year
Start Date
September 2024
Study Mode
Trinity Green Building


This introductory course is designed for learners who enjoy working outdoors and who are interested in developing their own skills and knowledge in horticulture, looking after the natural environment and sustainability. It is also aimed at young people who are not yet sure about what they want to do and offers them time for valuable reflection in a nurturing environment.

We are based at the outdoor classroom at Trinity Green and, alongside formal taught sessions, you will have the opportunity to choose the activities which you think will most enable you to progress and develop a passion for learning in and about the outdoor environment.

Students who have completed this course have progressed onto a higher-level Further Education courses, traineeships, and full time employment.

For students with excellent attendance and attitudes, there are opportunities to take part in residentials in the UK and abroad where you can participate in outdoor pursuits, such as hill walking, open canoeing and ghyll scrambling. We also have regular enrichment activities like climbing and alpaca trekking.

Please note that a uniform may be required for this course, click here to purchase.

  Key Info

Our experienced staff will deliver a variety of workshops mainly practical in nature alongside facilitating independent student research.   Visits and guest speakers are also used to help enrich your learning experience.

You will plan your own projects around six key topics:

  • Horticulture
  • Conservation
  • Working with Fire
  • Creativity in the Outdoors
  • Wildlife
  • Outdoor Cooking

Course Structure:

The course is based on a Programme of Study, which consists of: the vocational qualification itself; a City & Guilds Employability and Personal Development Award, maths and English, a tutorial programme and work experience, where appropriate. There is no sector specific units to complete however learners will study core Employability units over the duration of the course.

Employability Units:

  • Environmental Awareness
  • Self-assessment
  • Safety in the Workplace
  • Candidate Project

Entry 3: There are no entry requirements for this level apart from an interest in the specified subject and the ability to commit to positive behaviours and attendance.

Level 1: GCSE grades 2 in Maths and English plus the ability to commit to positive behaviours and attendance are required.

English and/or Maths will be included in your timetable if you have not achieved a GCSE at grade 4 or above in these subjects when you start your course.

You will be assessed through a range of methods that include practical work, coursework, assignments and presentations.

There will be opportunities for experience of work – up to 30 hours experience of work in a variety of locations across Bradford and wider Yorkshire.

Successful completion of this course can lead to progression to further study or employment in a related sector.

If you’re 19 or older you may need to pay a fee. Course fees are dependent on the number of hours and which course is being taken.

This is representative of the most common fees scenario, but actual fees can vary depending on a number of factors. Please contact us if you need more guidance.

If you have any questions or require any additional information, please contact [email protected]

Disclaimer: Our prospectus, college documents and website are simply here to offer a guide. We accept no liability for any inaccurate statements and are not responsible for any negative outcomes if you rely on an inaccurate statement. We reserve the right to withdraw any programmes or service at any time.

This course is delivered in partnership with
Canal & River Trust
National Citizen Service