Face to Face Courses

Diploma in Garden Care (Ornamentals)

Course dates at RytonTimePlacesPrice
20th September 202213.30 pm3£1004.00

Enrol for this course

Bookings for all centre-based courses will open in June.

This is a practical course aimed at both amateur and professional gardeners who want to learn more about caring for their own garden. It focuses on providing the knowledge and practical skills to enable keen gardeners to develop their skills to a professional level.

You will be registered for The City & Guilds Level 2 Diploma in Horticultural Skills and on successful completion of the course you will receive an Academy of Practical Horticulture Diploma in Garden Care (Ornamentals) and The City & Guilds Level 2 Diploma in Horticultural Skills listing the names of all units which were achieved during the course. A City & Guilds qualification is a good first step in obtaining a fulfilling role within therapeutic horticulture or perhaps in the heritage horticulture sector. The National Trust and many other employers require applicants to hold the minimum of a Level 2 qualification for many positions.

What will I study?

You will study a number of carefully selected units, which make together make up this Diploma (A minimum of 37 Credits are required for the award of a Diploma, we deliver a total of 39 on this course) these are:

·       161 Assess soil condition and texture (and will also incorporate pH testing) 2 Credits

·       201 Prepare ground or an area for planting 3 Credits

·       202 Plant out container grown plants 3 Credits

·       204 Care of a planted area 3 Credits

·       205 Plant a container for seasonal display 3 Credits

·       208 Apply fertiliser to plants 3 Credits

·       210 Prune deciduous spring flowering shrubs (also for summer flowers and winter stems) 5 Credits

·       211 Prune and train wall shrubs and climbing plants 3 Credits

·       220 Propagate plants from stem cuttings 5 Credits

·       241 Identify damage caused by plant pests 3 Credits

·       242 Identify plant diseases and disorders 3 Credits

·       249 Produce a planting plan (for an ornamental garden) 3 Credits

What is covered?

Click herefor the City & Guilds Level 2 Award in Practical Horticultural Skills  (7573) Syllabus which provides you with a complete overview of the course.

How is it delivered and assessed?

This qualification is practically based; teaching consists of some classroom work (including the completion of a portfolio of evidence), practical teaching involving demonstrations, practice, and the assessment of learned techniques and skills. The knowledge element of  each unit is assessed by evidence submitted on a proforma provided by the Awarding Body City & Guilds. The practical skills are assessed by the lecturer delivering the course against the standards specified by the Awarding Body City & Guilds and a record of assessment is provided which is kept in the portfolio of evidence with other work. The portfolio will be used as evidence to support an application for certification from The Awarding Body (This can be returned to the learner on request after completion of the course once the processes of verification and certification has been completed).

Information will be provided about each of the topics being assessed. There is no compulsory homework, but you will be given the opportunity to read around the subjects being taught and assessed and prepare yourself adequately for assessment.

What qualification will I get?

When you have passed the minimum number of units and 37 credits you will be awarded and Academy of Practical Horticulture Diploma in Caring for an Ornamental Garden and The City & Guilds Level 2 Diploma in Horticultural Skills listing the names of all units which were achieved during the course.

What is the cost and venue(s)?

Tuition fees are £900, the City & Guilds registration fee is £ 44.00, The unit certification fees are £60.00, total payable is £1004

There is a non-refundable booking fee payable when you enrol on the course of 25% of the full cost of the course plus an administration fee: £ 256.00.  This covers the registration and certification fees and secures your place on the course.

Please note: In the event of a place not being available or the course does not run, the booking fee will be returned to you.  

The remainder of the course fees can be paid in four equal instalments, on weeks 8, 16, 24  of £256  (this includes an administration fee of £5.00 for each instalment).

You can ask us to set up a direct debit mandate when you book the course by saying 'yes' and we will be pleased to send you a mandate form by email. Once this has been returned to us we can request payments from your bank on or about weeks 8, 16 and 24.

Courses will take place at the Ryton centre. The course runs on Tuesday for 28 weeks at Ryton 13.30 am to 16.30 pm.


What is the enrolment process?

Complete the online enrolment form click here to enrol.

Please note course places are limited; completing the form does not guarantee that a place is available on the course you have chosen. Our administrator will contact you to confirm your place and shortly before the course begins you will be sent joining instructions.

What else do I need to know?

Our candidates enjoy a high level of success in all the provisions offered by The Academy of Practical Horticulture Limited.

What can I do after completing this course?

You can go on to study the Grow Your Own (Fruit & Vegetables) course which focuses on productively growing fruit and vegetables.

You could also choose to study one of the Royal Horticultural Society theory qualificationsat either Level 2  or possibly Level 3  or one of the Royal Horticultural Society practical qualifications at either Level 2 or possibly Level 3  which can help with career progression perhaps in a supervisory role.

We also offer the you the opportunity to develop your interest in the area of garden design with our Garden Design Courses, either  DIY Garden Design online or the Diploma in Garden Planning and Practical Design at our Ryton Centre.