Land Based Studies

Pupils will study 5 units of work based around Horticulture. This is a very practical based course and can lead to either a Level 1 or Entry level qualification. The unit aims and content are detailed below:

 

Unit 4:  Horticulture: Introduction to Pruning Trees and Shrubs

This unit introduces learners to the tools and equipment used in pruning operations. Emphasis is placed on the correct selection and safe use of the equipment used in pruning tasks. Learners will be given the opportunity to practise pruning methods using a selection of appropriate tools within an acceptable timescale.

Although learners will work independently on some tasks, there are also opportunities to work as effective team members by contributing to the pruning of plant material and keeping the work area safe and tidy.

 

Unit 5 Horticulture: Introduction to Ground Preparation

This unit introduces learners to the tools and equipment used in ground preparation operations.

Emphasis is on the correct selection and safe use of the equipment used in ground preparation tasks.

Learners will have the opportunity to practise double and single digging, consolidation techniques and raking within an acceptable timescale. Although learners will work independently on some tasks, there are also opportunities to work as effective team members by contributing to the preparation of ground and keeping the work area safe and tidy.

 

Unit 30  Assist with the Propagation of Plants from Seed

This unit introduces learners to the principles and processes of sowing seeds. It also introduces them to the tools, equipment, materials and environment needed to ensure successful germination.

Learners will be given the opportunity to select appropriate outdoor sites or containers for sowing a range of different seeds. They will also have the opportunity to practise preparing a suitable medium, sowing seeds at different depths and spacing, watering and labeling newly sown seeds in an outdoor site and placing seed containers in suitable germination environments. Learners will be encouraged to observe the effects of different techniques and environments.

Learners will work independently on some tasks and in teams for others, as appropriate. There will be an emphasis on health and safety and on keeping the work area clean and tidy.

 

Unit 32   Prepare and Plant a Container for Display

This unit introduces learners to the principles and processes of planting containers. It also introduces them to suitable planting media, tools, equipment and materials needed to ensure successful plant displays in containers. Learners will also have the opportunity to review a range of plants and select up to four that are suitable for the container and the location.

Learners will be given the opportunity to select appropriate containers for planting a range of different plants. They will also be able to practise preparing a container, selecting a suitable planting medium, planting at the correct depth and spacing, and watering. Learners will be encouraged to observe the effects of different displays and techniques. Learners will work independently on some tasks and in teams for others, as appropriate.

 

Unit 33  Planting and Staking a Tree

This unit introduces learners to the practical skills needed to plant a tree and establish it correctly immediately afterwards. This will need to take place in an outdoor situation. When carrying out tree planting, correct preparation of the planting medium must also be covered.

Establishment methods may include correct watering, mulching, providing suitable pest prevention (such as rabbit guards) and means of support (such as tree stakes).

Emphasis is placed on safe working practices when undertaking planting and establishment tasks. Learners will be given time to practise the skills required for each task before assessment takes place.

Although learners will work independently on some tasks, there are also opportunities to work as effective team members when planting and establishing trees, and when keeping the working area safe and tidy. This unit will help learners to develop an understanding of the personal qualities that are valued by potential employers.