Horticulture & Gardening
Are you passionate about gardening? Can you think on your feet to create solutions to complex problems? If that sounds like you, then our horticulture courses will give you the opportunity to make your aspirations into a serious career.
If you think, like some of our past students, you could be part of a team of four that could build a garden in a single day, or work with some of the nation’s top designers, or design and build a show garden at Hampton Court for the RHS, then you obviously have what it takes to be a success not just at Shuttleworth College but in the industry as well.
Why choose us?
Be part of our success
Join us here at Shuttleworth College and benefit from our national reputation and 60 years of experience delivering land and the environment courses. You can have confidence that you are learning from the best. Our tutors are experts in their fields, having had successful careers working for a wide range of organisations such as the National Trust, the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) and the National Institute of Agricultural Botany (NIAB) crop research. We work with leading plant nurseries, research organisations and top garden designers.
You will be encouraged to enter competitions and win awards to ensure that you stand out from the crowd when applying for jobs or university. Some recent student successes include David Spooner and Luke Johnston winning silver awards at the East of England Show for their ‘Mediterranean’ and ‘Relaxing Sensory’ gardens. Luke Anstee also won bronze for his creation around the theme of Fire and Ice. In 2010 William Colebrook won gold at the East of England Show for his ‘Star Garden’.
Use fantastic facilities
Your classroom will be the beautiful estate and land that Shuttleworth College is surrounded by. Our stunning scenery and vast woodland provides you with the perfect environment in which to develop your skills and knowledge.
Be more employable
Through our industry partnerships you will have chance to gain valuable work experience in addition to working on the College’s own farm estate. Some organisations that past students have been involved with include the Woodland Trust, Frosts Garden Centres, the Environment Agency, Domoney Designs and Woburn Estates. All of this experience will stand you in good stead when applying for jobs or for further study.
All our courses involve transferable skills and elements of business that employers are looking for, so you can be reassured that you will develop good team working, communication and customer service skills too.
Enjoy your studies
We expect you to work hard, but you will also have time to make new friends and enjoy the fun side of your course. We regularly organise educational trips to ensure that you broaden your knowledge and experience of the subject area you are studying. Some recent visits include trips to the Covent Garden Flower Market, the Ideal Home Show in London, and study tours to Cornwall, Devon and Quedlinberg in Germany.
Caroline Corkett won the 2011 Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Hector Harrison Award for the highest score in the country on the RHS Level 3 course. Our other students won the accolade of joining five other colleges around the country to compete in a landscaping and design competition which was held the Ideal Home Show in 2011.
Whether you’re looking to develop a new or existing career in horticulture, or even if you just want to explore gardening as a hobby, a part-time Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) qualification at Shuttleworth College could really help your passion for plants flourish.
And by choosing to study with us you’ll benefit from…
- RHS accreditation to ensure you learn the latest industry knowledge to recognised standards
- Fantastic facilities including gardens, glasshouses and over 500 acres of beautiful parkland to develop your practical skills
- Classes built around your busy lifestyle with part-time morning, day and evening courses available
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Gardeners grow and maintain plants in a variety of different settings. These include public and historical parks, private and botanical gardens, plant nurseries, sports facilities, roadside verges and open green spaces.
Salary £12,000-£25,000, depending on experience and qualifications. Self-employed gardeners normally negotiate an hourly rate, which varies depending on their experience and where they work.
» Garden Centre Worker
Garden Centre workers work in garden centres that sell plants to the public. Some garden centres will buy in their stock of plants for sale to the public, whilst a smaller number will produce their own plants and grow flowers for sale.
Salary £12,000-£20,000, Depending on experience and qualifications. A manager can earn £20,000-£40,000.
Groundsmen/women maintain a range of sports surfaces such as football, cricket and rugby pitches, tennis courts and horse racing courses.
Salary £15,000-£32,000, Depending on experience and qualifications.
» Sales Person for Plant Wholesale or Pesticide Company
As a sales person you will sell the products and services helpful to the horticulture industry; this may include selling equipment, machinery, supplies etc.
Salary £16,000-£25,000, Depending on experience and qualifications.
» Tree surgeon
Tree surgeons maintain trees on both private & public land, they may be self-employed or working through a company or local council. As a tree surgeon you will be expected to work at heights and to maintain trees as required, often working outside in all conditions. You will need a good level of physical fitness as well as an interest in conservation.
Salary £12,000-£25,000 upwards, depending on experience and qualifications.
Horticulture & Gardening courses
Anna Howgego - Practical Horticulture RHS Level 3 Certificate and Principles of Plant Growth, Health & Applied Propagation RHS Level 3 Certificate
“Studying horticulture at Shuttleworth College has been pretty life-changing for me – I went from gaining a degree in traditional Chinese medicine to working with plants at one of Britain's largest historical gardens!”
“The skills I’m learning are benefiting my work and I put them into practice every day, both the theory and practical – jobs such as propagation where we use cuttings of older plants to create new ones, as well as protecting plants from pests and diseases in our glasshouse.”