Horticulture

We are passionate about horticulture and we will expect you to be to…be confident, resilient, reflective, a good communicator and a team player.

We encourage our students to consider the spiritual, social, cultural and moral aspects of horticulture enabling them to become more resilient, creative and reflective learners.
Horticulture is a growing subject at Outwood Academy Danum and the continually evolving themed gardens on our school site is testament to the hard work of our Horticulture students.

Overview of the Year for Horticulture at Key Stage 4

City & Guilds 7573 level 1 Practical Horticulture skills Diploma

During Key Stage 4 students will study the exciting world of horticulture and the environment in which its industries operate.

Throughout students develop a range of horticulture practical skills, working on developing and maintaining a number of themed gardens on the school site.

How Is The Course Structured?

About 95% of the course is practical and only 5% is theory work. Course enrichment activities include visits to local parks, allotments, gardens and garden centres. You will also learn from the course leader about the range of horticulture qualifications and horticulture industry career opportunities.

Learners complete units and credits to achieve an Award, Certificate and then Diploma in achievable stages.
Each unit is worth either 2 or 3 credits
• For an Award candidates are required to achieve 6 credits
• For a Certificate candidates are required to achieve 18 credits from the mandatory and optional units
• For a Diploma candidates are required to achieve 37 credits from the mandatory and optional units

There are 61 units in all to choose from. Five of these are at level 2.
The units cover skills from landscaping, to turf care, propagation and plant production. General grounds maintenance tasks in horticulture are covered.

How is the course assessed?

Each unit is assessed by your tutor with some written and oral questioning and practical observation to demonstrate practical competences. This is completed by an assessment check list that covers the performance criteria.
Students will learn about a wide range of career opportunities within the sector; Health and Safety and legislation.
Students will develop their skills both collaboratively and independently and they will receive excellent, guided feedback from our horticulture tutor. Students will complete workbooks so that they can effectively show their creative journey.

If you would like further information about the topics and themes being taught please contact Mrs South; Head of Department.

Overview of the Year for Horticulture at Key Stage 5

City & Guilds 7573 Level 2 in practical Horticulture Skills
By studying horticulture at level 2, you will be working towards a vocational qualification that will equip you with a range of skills that will assist you in your steps beyond study at this level, whether it is industry based or Higher Education. This qualification is aimed at you if you are looking to start a career within the horticultural industry.

This is a very practical qualification and focuses on the skills necessary to progress into a career in horticulture. The qualification is structured into Award Certificate and Diploma.

The qualification requires you to complete individual units with credit values. You are required to achieve 6 credits for an Award, 18 credits for a Certificate and 37 credits for a Diploma. There are no compulsory topics that you will need to complete.

The qualification contains a very wide range of optional subjects in areas that could include:

  • Lay hard surfaces for external landscaping
  • Assess soil texture and condition
  • Tree planting
  • Plant a container for seasonal-flowering display
  • Prune deciduous spring flowering shrubs
  • Maintain indoor plants
  • Prune soft fruit bushes and cane fruits
  • Propagate plants by stem cuttings
  • Repair damaged turf
  • Use a pedestrian controlled rotary cultivator
  • Identify plants by botanical name
  • Identify damaged caused by plant pests.

Also you will learn about Health and Safety, effective communication skills, Teamwork, time keeping and Personal Presentation.

All your Course work is stored in a portfolio for you to present on completing the course.
Students will develop their skills both collaboratively and independently and they will receive excellent, guided feedback from our outstanding Horticulture tutor.

Students in Horticulture support the annual Hairdressing Showcase which enables the hairdressing and horticulture students to work together to research, plan and demonstrate their creative skills and industry work ethic to a wider audience.

If you would like further information about the topics and themes being taught please contact: Mrs South; Head of Department

Enrichment opportunities in Horticulture

Enrichment-Monday.