Horticulture Level 2

Borders College


Newtown St Boswells Campus


This course provides a step up from SVQ Horticulture at SCQF Level 4, giving students the opportunity to study horticulture/gardening at a higher level, whilst gaining hands-on experience of working outdoors in historic gardens, the College's grounds and glasshouse and on community projects.

This broad-ranging course offers students the knowledge and skills necessary to become competent in the following areas of horticulture: Plant Propagation, Horticultural Machinery Operation, Planting, Establishment and Maintenance of Outdoor Plants, Maintenance of Grassed Areas and the Construction of Different Landscaped Areas.

In addition, students are involved in community planting projects and participate in growing/retailing plants for the College's annual plant sale.Individual units include: Monitor and Maintain Health, Safety and Security; Maintain Grass Surfaces; Maintain Plant Displays; Prepare Growing Media; Propagate Plants from Seed; Agree How to Manage and Improve Own Performance in a Business Environment; Collect and Store Propagation Materials; Prepare and Establish Propagation Materials; Establish Crops or Plants; Construct Structures; Establish and Maintain Effective Working Relationships with Others; Work Experience and Core Skills.

Entry Requirements

Demonstrate an ability to study at SCQF Level 5 and above.

Progression Routes

SVQ Horticulture at SCQF Level 6 at Borders College or HNC courses

Start Date





at SCQF Level 5

Study Method

Full time

Course Length

36 weeks


Horticulture and Landscaping

SCQF Level


Career Sectors


Aquaculture and Fishing

Arboriculture and Horticulture

Earth Studies

Environmental and Rural Resource Management

Environmental Services


Work with Animals