Horticulture

If you’re interested in shaping the environment (quite literally), through garden design, maintenance and grounds management then this is the page for you.

Our Horticulture courses are available from Levels 1 - 3, and include practical activities such as hedge laying, coppicing and propagation. As you progress through the levels, you will gain an insight into machinery maintenance, and plant and soil sciences - strengthening your knowledge of the subject. Your plant identification, propagation and knowledge of tools will be built upon along the way.

You could access:

  • Specialist workshops for machinery maintenance.
  • Fully equipped glasshouse and laboratory facilities.
  • Dedicated studio for the development of computer aided design.
  • Small scale gardens.
  • Practical areas used by students for building garden landscape features.

In order to equip you for your course with us, we will offer a tailored programme to students who have not achieved a grade 4 - 5 or C in GCSE English or Maths.

 

Our courses:

Horticulture Courses

Course Title Type Start Date Length Location
Diploma Level 1 Woodland and Estate Skills Full Time September 1 year(s)
Moulton View
Diploma Level 2 Horticulture Full Time September 1 year(s)
Moulton View
Diploma Level 3 Horticulture Full Time September 2 year(s)
Moulton View
Extended Diploma Level 3 Horticulture Full Time September 2 year(s)
Moulton View

Horticulture Facilities

CAD Workshop

A computer suite is equipped with industry standard programmes, for design and presentation work. Many design packages facilitate a range of drawing, illustration and design work, including programming for the laser cutter. 

Classrooms

All classrooms at the college are fitted out with modern and specialist equipment related to the area of study. They are also regularly upgraded to ensure they remain state of the art and provide inspirational places to learn and grow your knowledge.

Horticulture

The college campus and estate includes a range of landscaped areas, specialist gardens and extensive lawns, all appropriately stocked to meet course needs and including annual bedding, herbaceous plants, shrubs and conifers.

Our 2.5-hectare arboretum, planted over the past 15 years, provides a range of interesting and unusual specimen trees that complement the existing mature trees already found on the estate.

Extensive glass houses are used for practical activities such as propagation and production of plants; the 4-hectare plant nursery uses polythene tunnels to produce bedding, herbaceous and potted plants; demonstration areas are available; and our on-site garden centre sells stock produced by students alongside bought-in plants, tools and equipment.

Horticulture students also become involved in maintaining our ten hectares of sports fields, including a golf green, and football and rugby pitches.

IT Facilities

Significant investment has been made in I.T. facilities over recent years, teaching is enhanced with IT in the majority of classrooms and a number of I.T. Suites operate throughout the different campuses utilising a mixture of PC’s, Laptops and Netbooks.  A cutting edge Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) system means that Students at all sites receive a consistent IT experience. 

Fast WiFi networks cover the majority of the campus, and students are enabled to bring their own devices for use during informal study periods. 

We run Microsoft Windows and Office 2010 with a range of specialist software to support each curriculum area.  Each student is provided with a College email address and a home area to store their files alongside this 24/7 access from home is available to the College’s Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) where lesson notes, interactive study aids, and videos support and reinforce teaching from both the classroom and practical sessions.

Learning Resource Centres

The college has learning resource centres at the main Moulton site, and the East Northants vocational skills academy. The Moulton LRC provides access for 240 people, including a designated IT area for our higher education students.

Each learning resource centre offers a range of services such as libraries, careers advice, learning support and study spaces, as well as access to resources including books, journals, newspapers, trade literature, online resources and DVDs.

Each centre also has a computer suite that provides access to network drives, the internet and Moodle, as well as hardware such as printers, copiers and scanners. Specialist software includes AutoCAD and packages for horse management, farm management, garden design, accounting, statistics and mind mapping.

For anyone requiring additional support, the learning resource centres at Moulton and at the vocational skills academies offer learning support, where needs can be discussed and arrangements put in place.

Horticulture Profiles