Welcome to Wiltshire College & University Centre - Horticulture

Course Requirements – Horticulture


Welcome to the Level 2 Horticulture course at Wiltshire College and University Centre, to start your learning journey to success in your chosen field. We really look forward to welcoming you in September.

Please find below course details including related costs and items you need to get ready for the start of term.

Resource Fee

You will need to pay your £25.00 non-refundable Resource Fee before coming to enrol.  This can be done on the online shop www.shop.wiltshire.ac.uk   You will need to bring a copy of your receipt to enrolment as proof of purchase.   If you cannot pay online, please pay by card on enrolment day.


All students are required to provide their own stationery, to include: A4 lined note paper, pens, pencils, rubbers, 30cm ruler, compass A4 folder and divers, A4 poly pockets for completed assignments and folders for completing course work and in-class assessments, coloured Post-it Notes and revision/record cards.


We highly recommend that you purchase a copy of:

‘A Handbook for Horticultural Students’ by Peter Dawson ISBN: 8601200439069

Uniform & PPE

All students are required to have specific clothing and PPE, which must be worn in all practical sessions.  This is available to order from our supplier Wiltshire College & University Centre Archives – JS Teamwear JS Teamwear

The following items are mandatory:

  • Polo shirt(s) – purchased from the above supplier
  • Sweatshirt(s) – purchased from the above supplier, choice of crew neck or zip neck
  • Waterproof coat – purchased from the above supplier
  • Steel toe cap boots – can be purchased from the above supplier or from any ‘workwear’ store
  • Work gloves – can be purchased from any ‘workwear’ store

We do not provide Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and this must be purchased before you start your course. If PPE is not present at the start of term, this may exclude you from ALL practical sessions.

For Health and Safety reasons NO visible piercings are permissible during practical activities. All jewellery must be removed including necklaces and rings.

It is also advised not to have nail extensions or false nails as this could cause injury to animals or yourself. Please be aware no hoodies are permissible for practical sessions.

We recommend students wear waterproof clothing when appropriate which must be plain colour (black, green or navy) and appropriate for industry and are also available to purchase from the our supplier (see above for link) :

  • Warm all weather jacket / Gilet
  • Cargo / Work trousers (not fashion jeans)
  • Waterproof trousers

Trips and guest speakers

All students are expected to attend college educational enrichment activities as part of their course.

We will also have guest speakers and employer masterclasses throughout the year.

A contribution of £150 is required from all students.  Please pay on the college online shop which can be found at www.shop.wiltshire.ac.uk by 6th October 2023.

Please note that trip fees are non-refundable. Please note residential trips may incur extra cost but details of trips/visits will be discussed, and information provided.

Work Experience

As part of your course, you are required to find and carry out a work placement. Please look around your local area for businesses or organisations to complete the placement.

If you have already found a placement, please contact Ann Simpson ([email protected]) about the establishment you have found and their contact details.

Warm-up activities

Students who are keen to get involved in horticulture, we thought you would enjoy checking out these links for ideas on what you could get up to over summer. 

Useful Websites

Home – British Association of Landscape Industries (bali.org.uk)

RHS – Inspiring everyone to grow / RHS Gardening

Pro & Domestic Garden and Power Tools | STIHL GB

Places to Visit 

Whitehall Garden Centres

Lacock | Wiltshire | National Trust

Wiltshire | South West | England | National Trust