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Horticulture

This subject is part of the Core Science programme.

Exam Board: Edexcel

Course Content:

The qualification will give you the opportunity to acquire personal skills, building up your individual confidence and providing a broad introduction to the land and environment sector. It will help you to develop relevant practical skills and a good knowledge and understanding of this field of work. Horticulture is a diverse sector that includes nursery work, garden design, plant production, contract management, sports turf and groundsmanship and landscaping. Students will also learn about the business side of Horticulture and the costs and revenue associate with carrying out jobs in this area.

A summary outline of the course

 

Year 9

Year 10

Year 11

Autumn

Unit 2: Principles of soil Science

Unit 5: Establishing and maintaining plants outdoors (double unit)

 

Unit 5: Establishing and maintaining plants outdoors (double unit)

 

Spring

Unit 2: Principles of soil Science

Unit 5: Establishing and maintaining plants outdoors (double unit)

 

Unit 5: Establishing and maintaining plants outdoors (double unit)

 

 

Summer

Unit 2: Principles of soil Science

Unit 5: Establishing and maintaining plants outdoors (double unit)

 

Formative Assessment:

Homework will take a variety of forms, both written and practical. Evidence for coursework will be gathered continuously over the three years and will be generated through photographs and videos as well as through written assignments

Summative Assessment:

This course is 100% coursework; all will be internally assessed and externally moderated. Some assignments will be set by the exam board.

The BTEC First Certificate (Level 2) is equivalent to 1 GCSE.  Students will be awarded a Pass (C), Merit (B), Distinction (A), Distinction*(A*). All units are equally weighted.

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What skills profile a BTEC Horticulture student should have:

This course is for students who have a preference and an aptitude for more practical activities. However, even though it has a high percentage of practical work, literacy skills are needed to produce portfolio evidence. Students should like working outdoors and have an interest in the business side of Horticulture.

What opportunities a BTEC Horticulture will lead to:

Progression to Level 3 BTEC Horticulture is also possible at local colleges. This is at a more technical level with greater theoretical content. This could provide a springboard to a BTEC HNCs or HNDs, or to employment.

Famous Horticulturalists include: Alan Titchmarsh, Diarmuid Gavin

For more information, contact Miss Langham at vlangham@finchleycatholic.org.uk