Horticulture Level 1

Borders College


Newtown St Boswells Campus


This is an introductory level course, ideal for those with little prior horticultural and gardening experience, or for students progressing from the Schools Academy programme.

This course provides students with: the opportunity to gain hands-on experience working outdoors in historic gardens, the College's grounds and glasshouse and on community projects. the opportunity to study the basics of horticulture and gardening, whilst also gaining valuable work experience.

The knowledge and skills necessary to become competent in the following areas of horticulture/gardening: Operating Horticultural Machinery, Growing and Maintaining Plants, Maintenance of Grassed Areas, Paths and Fences. Individual units include: Maintain Safe and Effective Working Practices; Assist with Planting and Establishing Plants; Assist with Maintaining Plants; Assist with the Maintenance of Grass Surfaces; Assist with the Maintenance of Equipment; Assist with Maintaining Structures and Surfaces; Work Experience and Core Skills. In addition, students work on community planting projects and participate in a student enterprise project growing their own plants for the College's annual plant sale.

Entry Requirements

Demonstrate an ability to study at SCQF Level 4 or above.

Progression Routes

SVQ Horticulture at SCQF Level 5.

Start Date





at SCQF Level 4

Study Method

Full time

Course Length

36 weeks


Horticulture and Landscaping

SCQF Level


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