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Horticulture courses at the Grimsby Institute


Whether you are looking for a refreshing career change, aim to work outdoors, become your own boss or further develop your employability skills studying horticulture at the Grimsby Institute offers a bounty of rewarding opportunities. The Grimsby Institute offers provision on a part time basis, allowing flexibility in study, for a City and Guilds level 2 award in practical horticulture skills which can be completed in only 8 weeks at one day a week and started at any time between September and June. Part time courses are also available on a 36 week basis for a City and Guilds level 2 diploma in practical horticulture skills (1 day per week) and a City and Guilds subsidiary diploma in horticulture (2 days per week).

Whether for employability or personal interest all courses will allow your skills and knowledge of horticulture to be developed within key areas such as production horticulture, plant propagation, plant identification, hard and soft landscaping, and garden design with the level 3 qualification also focused on the development of technical skills and knowledge in soil / plant science and project management.All qualifications are industry recognised and will thus allow you to progress into the workplace either for a small or large organisation or to carry a respected certificate into self-employment.

With improved horticultural skills and knowledge our graduates from the level 2 qualifications progress onto working within the horticulture industry or develop the confidence and competence to establish their own horticulture businesses. Graduates from our level 3 programme of study in horticulture have also found success in progressing to respected higher education courses such as degrees in plant science with Plymouth University at the world-renowned Eden project based in Cornwall.

All qualifications are delivered in a practical setting within industry standard production glasshouses, formal gardens and with opportunities to engage in real life community landscaping projects. All tools and equipment required for engagement on these programmes of study are fully provided. Dependent upon personal circumstances funding is available for all horticulture qualifications.
  • Landscaper
  • Gardener
  • Arboricutural Officer
  • Groundsperson
  • Greenkeeper
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Jason Ladley
Jason Ladley
“I enjoy coming here because the staff are always really nice and friendly. I always love working in the greenhouse and making up the hanging baskets.

“When I have finished this course I want to work in a garden centre and hope I’ll be working with plants and flowers for the rest of my life.”

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