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Some pupils are taught horticulture as part of the Year 10 option pathway. In lessons we cover a range of modules that incorporate both theoretical and practical activities. The course allows pupils to develop knowledge within the classroom and apply practically in the school garden environment.

Pupils will:

Know theory that underpins growth of a seed

Know how to look after a plant from seed to full growth

Know how to grow, look after, eat their own and sell their home-grown, organic vegetables.

Know how to maintain tools, equipment, school gardens and polytunnel

Know how to use garden tools and machinery effectively

Know about a healthy diet and where their food comes from.


Pupils will learn by experiencing our extensive facilities which include a greenhouse, large polytunnel as well as raised beds, gardens, woodland and school fields.  Pupils will develop their independence in looking after their own personal protective equipment.

As well as lessons based on the school site, pupils’ learning experience is enhanced by visits within the community, including visits to a local garden centre, allotments and chance to take part in a local horticulture project.

Transferable skills run across all modules within the horticulture course, including: application of health and safety principles, development of; communication skills, working with others, taking instruction and applying them, resilience and organisational skills.

This is a one-year accredited course, resulting in pupils achieving a NOCN Certificate Entry Level 3 in Vocational Studies. This course provides pupils a foundation to continue studying post-16 at Houghall College, a college specialist in this field.

If you would like further information about this curriculum area, please contact coordinator Mr Broom.

NOCN - Curriculum Overview Vocational Studies1


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