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£697.00 Course symbols: * I IA Q
Using the extensive gardens at Hall Place, this pathway could provide a route to employment in professional horticulture or is suitable for the keen amateur gardener. Combining with the RHS theory courses at level 2, this qualification will lead to the Diploma in the Principles and Practices of Horticulture. Students transferring from an RHS course year on year will not have to undertake an additional Initial Assessment. £10 material costs are included in the fee. PLEASE BOOK YOUR IA SESSION FOR 14 JULY OR 8 SEPTEMBER 2018. THE INTERVIEW WILL FOLLOW THE IA AND THEN YOU CAN ENROL.
You will need to pass an Initial Assessment in English and Maths and have an interview before enrolling on the course. To have success and be selected for this course you should be able to meet the criteria set out below. Essential 1. Pass IA at Level 2 2. Good level of written English 3. Basic Science Desirable 1. Working in garden/horticulture industry 2. A level English 3. Knowledge of plant names generic/Latin 4. GCSE Maths A-C 5. GCSE Science (Biology/Chemistry) A-C Booking your Initial Assessment: You can arrange your Initial Assessment through either sites at Brampton Road or Sidcup High Street or online - click onto the course you wish to enrol on, register and then pick the most convenient IA date. Alternatively you can contact the College on 020 3045 5176, quoting the course title and course code. All IA dates and times can be found on our website: www.lecb.ac.uk. Only once you have passed the IA at level 2 can you book an interview. Interview date: 3 September 2016. You will be contacted about an interview when you receive the results of your IA. Places on this course are limited to 12 and will be offered to candidates who meet the criteria. * Initial Assessments * Before enrolling you are required to complete an assessment in Maths and English at the college. This will help us ensure that the course is suitable for you and that you have the right English and Maths skills to enjoy the course and succeed. To help you, have a look at these online resources before you come to college to take the assessment. Https://www.nationalnumeracy.org.uk/improve-your-maths http://www1.edexcel.org.uk/tot/alns2/CMA-Edexcel-web2.swf
What you will learn
The course will prepare students for six core practical assessments: Soil testing Seed sowing / vegetative propagation Ground preparation for seeding and planting Establishing seed and plants Pruning of plants Plant identification Then there are two optional courses, either sustainable gardening or the safe operation of powered machinery. Just one of these has to be taken and passed to achieve the certificate.
How you will learn on this course
The course will involve some class room time at Hall place and then work will be undertaken in the grounds of hall place and the assessments, though independent, relate well to normal garden duties carried out in a chronological order from September to the summer. This is mostly a practical course.
How you will be assessed on this course
There will be interactive teaching and learning activities shared with students by the tutor including demonstrations, use of technology, Word Clouds, glossary of terms, quizzes, reflective diaries, observation, discussions, direct questioning, self-assessment, working in pairs or groups, working together to develop and challenge what you have learnt, finding out what you can do well and what you could do to improve.
Qualification and exam information (only for courses leading to a qualification)
The RHS accreditation fees and exam costs (£98 + £25) are included in the overall course fee, cost of materials (£15) are included in the fees.
What you will be expected to do outside your lesson time
At least 1-2 hours of homework a week will be set in the form of reading, project assignments, research and plant identifications. THIS IS AN ACCREDITED COURSE, NOT A LEISURE COURSE AND ALL STUDENTS ARE EXPECTED TO ATTEND REGULARLY AND PUNCTUALLY IN ORDER TO COMPLETE ALL THE ASSESSMENTS IN ORDER TO PASS THE COURSE.
What you need for your course
See materials needed for first lesson - tutor will advise of any other useful reading/study material.
What you need to bring to the first class
You must provide your own equipment and are needed for the first session 1. Good Secateurs. 2. Gardening gloves. You must be 1. Appropriately dressed for wet/cold weather, wearing layers and waterproof clothing if necessary. 2. Wearing sturdy steel toe capped boots. YOU WILL ALSO NEED: 1. Notebook. 2. Pen. 3. Snack/drink. You may need to bring tools but you will be given advice about this on the first session.
What you can do next
Students can enrol on accredited Level 1, 2 or 3 RHS courses or College Certificated Garden Design courses or other for the love of gardening courses and workshops. Need to up skill in Maths, English and Digital Skills – look at our Level 1/2 Functional Skills, GCSE and Digital Skills course offer. We also offer courses and one to one training on iPads/tablets, iPhones and laptops.
At the beginning of the course, you will have an induction to the College and the course. Your tutor will ask you to complete an Individual Learning Plan (ILP) and agree your personal learning goals. All documents are a requirement of the Funding Agency, who expect that learners who enrol on a course leading to a qualification will take that qualification at the College. All students on courses funded by the ESFA must complete a Learning Agreement and ILP.