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NCFE Certificate In Creative Craft Garden Design & Planting Design

Level 3 • Part-time • Horticulture, Floristry & Arboriculture department


This course develops your surveying, drawing, plant and hard landscaping knowledge.We look at developing your skills as a garden designer, planning an attractive and functional garden layout for a private client.

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Grow Veg Grow Well – How to Grow Fruit and Vegetables NCFE Occupational Studies Award

Entry Level • Part-time • Horticulture, Floristry & Arboriculture department


Develop your skills in planning your edible garden. Whether you are staring from scratch with a field or want to improve your allotment planning, you will look at crop rotation, successional sowing and planning for planting tress and fruit. You will have a chance to work on plans for your own garden space and gain new skills in assessing the land using permaculture principles and creating a plan that will produce food throughout the year. This 6 week course, running 1 day a week, is a great introduction to planning your productive organic garden. Students will create a growing plan for their own (real or imaginary) growing space, including vegetables, fruit and herbs. The course will look at different approaches to planning fruit and vegetable crops, including permaculture design, forest gardening, allotment growing and using small or marginal spaces. For veg growing the course looks at successional sowing, making the most of space, incorporating green manures and fertility building, seeds varieties and seed ordering. For fruit growing the course looks at planning top fruit and soft fruit planting. Participants will sow seeds of different crops, and take a creative approach to planning their fruit and vegetable growing that they can implement through the year. This course takes place at School Farm CSA, a certified organic community market garden on the beautiful Dartington estate near Totnes, Devon. The course is delivered by experienced growers who have themselves been through the process of gaining qualifications and practical experience in organic growing before they launched their own growing enterprise. The techniques and tools used will be applicable to both the home/ allotment gardener, jobbing gardeners and people who might want to set up their own food growing enterprise.

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NCFE Entry Level Creative Craft Basic Floristry Design

Entry Level • Part-time • Horticulture, Floristry & Arboriculture department


If you love flowers and want to use your creativity to learn how to create beautiful simple designs this is the perfect course for you. A short course to introduce you to basic floristry designs This is ideal for a novice who will gain basic skills and knowledge. You will get to identify and use various different tools, equipment and materials whilst creating a range of designs that will go towards a final portfolio.

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RHS Certificate In Principles Of Plant Growth, Health And Applied Propagation

Level 3 • Part-time • Horticulture, Floristry & Arboriculture department


This is a theory based qualification and will improve your horticultural knowledge. It is ideal if you want to develop your career in horticulture and progress onto a supervisory or management role.

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Award In Aerial Cutting Of Trees Using Free-Fall Techniques

Level 3 • Part-time • Horticulture, Floristry & Arboriculture department


This course runs over 3 days – 2 days training followed by assessment on Day 3. You will need to be fully competent in the use of a chainsaw and have a full set of personal protective clothing complying with current Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) requirements. Applicants must be aged sixteen or older and hold the following NPTC Certificates of Competence: Chainsaw Maintenance – CS30 Small Tree Felling – CS31 Climb Tree and Perform Aerial Rescue – CS38 Proof of pre-qualifications must be emailed/posted to the college before the course start date as evidence. Other awarding body qualifications must be submitted to check if they are compatible with this NPTC course.

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Practical Horticulture Skills Certificate: Organic Vegetable Production (Dartington)

Level 2 • Part-time • Horticulture, Floristry & Arboriculture department


This year long course, running 1 day a week, is a great introduction to organic horticulture, with a focus on food growing. Following the seasons students look at soils, seeds, compost, and plant care, as well as creating planting plans and exploring different approaches to food growing including permaculture, forest gardening, no-dig gardening and working with wildlife. The local food economy is growing fast and many more people are keen to connect with where their food comes from. This offers many opportunities as producers and for professional gardeners to expand their skill-set to offer food growing and wildlife gardening to their customers. This course takes place at School Farm CSA, a certified organic community market garden on the beautiful Dartington estate near Totnes, Devon, and through the year there will be visits to other growing projects in the area. The course is delivered by experienced growers who have themselves been through the process of gaining qualifications and practical experience in organic growing before they launched their own growing enterprise. The techniques and tools used will be applicable to both the home/ allotment gardener, professional gardeners and people who might want to set up their own food growing enterprise.

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RHS Certificate In The Principles Of Plant Growth, Propagation & Development

Level 2 • Part-time • Horticulture, Floristry & Arboriculture department


This is a theory based course focusing on plant growth, propagation and development. This course is available at Bicton College and Rosemoor, North Devon.

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Planning And Planting A Herb Garden ( Occupational Studies) – Dartington

Level 1 • Part-time • Horticulture, Floristry & Arboriculture department


This 6 week course, running 1 day a week, is a great introduction to growing organic herbs for food, health and wildlife. Students will get to know many different herbs and learn about growing them, planning a garden, and different ways of harvesting and using herbs. The course offers some great ideas for small scale enterprise and an introduction to specific professional skills. This course takes place in the herb garden at School Farm CSA, a certified organic community market garden on the beautiful Dartington estate near Totnes, Devon. The course is delivered by an experienced grower, with a small herb nursery business, and a love of growing and using herbs for health and cooking. This course is suitable for anyone with an interest in growing herbs and can be applicable to people growing in pots, a small garden or on a larger scale both professionally and for home use. Some experience of gardening or plant knowledge, will be beneficial, although the course can be enjoyed by beginners and more experienced gardeners alike.

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Safe Use Of Brushcutters And Strimmers City & Guilds Award

Level 2 • Part-time • Horticulture, Floristry & Arboriculture department


The qualification is aimed at anyone of 16 years or over, who use brush-cutters or trimmers as part of their work either in horticulture, arboriculture or forestry. Brushcutters (fixed blade) and strimmers (nylon cord) are extremely useful tools for grounds maintenance. Due to the nature of the high speed rotating heads they can be dangerous both to the operator and people nearby. Completion of this three day course will give you the ability to carry out the correct and safe operation of these machines. Gain a City and Guilds NPTC Level 2 Award in the safe use of brushcutters/trimmers. The assessment takes the form of a practical test with one to one verbal questioning. Completing this course will enable the learner to safely use a brushcutter/trimmer. Also covers pre-use checks and maintenance, identification of controls and instruments and operating the machine to cut or trim to the capacity of the machine. Learners will need to bring a packed lunch and provide their own PPE – consisting of; steel toe-capped boots, helmet/visor/ear defenders, face/eye protection. Please also wear snag-proof clothing. If you would like to bring your own brushcutter, please do, however machines must be of an appropriate standard for training. For more information about this, please contact us.

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RHS Certificate In The Principles Of Garden Planning, Establishment And Maintenance

Level 2 • Part-time • Horticulture, Floristry & Arboriculture department


This course is a theory-based qualification to develop the essential skills needed to work in horticulture or to further develop your interest. This course runs off site at Rosemoor in North Devon.

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