Roots to Fruit

Roots to Horticulture

Roots to Horticulture Course

Learn about horticulture, gardening and landscape gardening. Learn about plants from our centre located in Streetly in the West Midlands near Walsall/ Birmingham/ The Black Country.

A great opportunity to learn most aspects of horticulture on a real working nursery/gardens. You will be able to get industry experience and accredited qualifications through ABC awards by becoming workplace trainee at Oakdene Nurseries and gaining your accredited industry recognised qualification through Roots to Fruit Midlands Limited.

There are opportunities to start at Entry level 3 and gain Ofqual registered qualifications up to level 2. The accredited awarding body is ABC Awards . You will be studying mandatory units such as preparing the ground for seed sowing and planting containerised stock to watering plants effectively which are the foundation skills for learning horticulture. 

Select the following levels for a more comprehensive description.

Entry Level 3

Entry level 3 gives students access to higher qualifications within a supportive setting installing core skills and knowledge needed to progress within the industry. Units available to study include:

  • Recognise plants
  • Recognise parts of plants
  • Identify plants
  • Developing practical skills for maintaining plants
  • Assist with potting up rooted cuttings, large seedlings or plugs by hand
  • Water plant material by hand
  • Introduction to ground preparation
  • Introduction to cultivating plant cuttings

Level 1

Level 1 gives students the opportunity to go onto higher level of qualifications and will give trainees the knowledge and skills needed to carry out tasks within a supervised job. Units available to study include:

  • Prepare ground for sowing or planting under supervision
  • Maintain the safety of self and others in the workplace
  • Plant container grown plants
  • Prepare soil and apply organic mulch
  • Water a bed, border or area of plants in containers
  • Care for a planted area
  • Cultivate land by single digging or forking
  • Edge turf with shears
  • Using a wheeled rotary mower
  • Using a nylon cord strimmer
  • Cutting hedges by hand
  • Identifying plants
  • Lay paving blocks on sand
  • Lay paving slabs

Level 2

Level 2 students are now studying a GCSE level at grade C or above. This is work-based learning and will give students a more in depth knowledge about horticulture preparing them for a job within the industry with increased responsibilities. Units available to study include:

  • Maintaining and Monitoring Health and Safety
  • Preparing ground for seeding and planting
  • Establishing plants or seeds in soil
  • Plant nomenclature, terminology and identification
  • Establishing crops or plants in growing medium
  • Clearing horticultural and landscaping sites
  • Preparing ground for seeding and planting
  • Maintain Plants Outdoors
  • Maintain Decorative and Amenity Areas
  • Removal of unwanted plant growth
  • Use and maintain pedestrian controlled machinery