Horticulture Introduction & Retail Skills

Weymouth College

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Horticulture Introduction & Retail Skills LocationCranford Avenue Course Overview Apply Now This introductory course is for school leavers or adults with an interest in horticulture and retail wishing to improve their basic communication and writing skills. Students will gain the skills to enhance their career prospects and progress to more advanced courses.


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No specific entry requirements are required, but students must show, through an interview, committment to the course. No experience of horticulture is necessary. Course Content Students will learn how to cultivate and care for plants, and assist in creating and maintaining a sensory garden. Students will work in the College garden centre and retail shops to develop skills in customer care. Students will learn about the following: • health and safety in the workplace and the principles of good working practice • building work relationships, interpersonal skills and working successfully as a team • propagation, growing, planting and maintaining plants. Students will learn about growing crops such as seasonal vegetables, Herbs and salad crops. Students will harvest crops to supply the Hix restaurant with fresh produce. • decorative horticulture, design, planted baskets, giftware and cut flowers • retail skills, creating shop displays, window dressing and stock control. Students will also learn about working as a volunteer and obtain interview and job-seeking skills. There is an action-packed, activity-filled residential stay at Kelly College. In addition, there will be other fun days out to garden centres and plant nurseries, and the opportunity to volunteer in local community projects. Functional Skills These are the skills that are commonly needed for success in a range of activities in education and training, work and life in general: • Maths • English • Computer skills (ICT). How will I be assessed? The course is assessed through a portfolio of evidence; these can be written pieces, witness statements or photographs. English, maths and ICT are assessed through formal exams, which can be taken when the student is ready. Progression On successful completion, students will be encouraged to progress to the Level 2 Certificate in Horticulture. Fees • If you are aged 16-18 as of 31st August on the year of enrolment - no course fee. • If you are over 19 as of 31st August and enrolling on a full-time programme of study a tuition fee will be applicable in most cases. Bursary Funds There are financial support arrangements for 16-18 year olds and hardship funds available for the over 19s. Please contact our Information Centre for details of costs and concessions on 01305 208808 or email: Further Information and How to Apply For further information and to obtain an application form please contact the Information Centre on 01305 208808 or email: Alternatively, you can register your interest on http://study.weymouth.ac.uk Rehabilitation of Offenders To help us look after students and assess risks, you will be asked to declare any unspent criminal convictions when you apply for a course at Weymouth College. We are committed to providing an inclusive learning environment for all. We welcome people with additional learning needs and/or disabilities and those from diverse backgrounds in all minority groups within the community, ensuring students receive fair treatment when studying at Weymouth College. Copies of the Equality and Diversity policy can be found on the Weymouth College website. Transport and Travel For full information on our subsidised travel routes can be found on the Weymouth College website. The details in this leaflet are correct at time of printing and may be subject to change. Please visit our course finder at www.weymouth.ac.uk for the latest course information.

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