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Gateway to Gardening

Course code: UCAU001P

Subject area: Community Learning

Study level: Part Time

Course level: U

Course details

Course time:

10:00 - 13:00

Days of week:


Course date:

26th Sept 2024 - 12th Dec 2024

Course location:

Abbey Centre

Contact details


01235 555 585

This is a ten (10) week portfolio-based Entry level qualification that will cover the theoretical knowledge and practical aspects of gardening. The course will cover plant biology, landscaping, sustainable practices, and horticulture. You will work with members of the local community in supporting the renovation and development of the gardens at Abbey Buildings.
The course will explore:

- Name different flowers and vegetables to grow on an allotment or domestic garden. - Use a variety of gardening tools for different purposes. - Name different types of common weeds. - Be able to propagate plants. - Sow seed in open ground and in a seed tray under glass. - Sow tubers and rooted plants directly into prepared ground. - Be able to prepare an outside growing bed. - Contribute to the maintenance of plants and gardens.

Abingdon and Witney College is subject to Ofsted regulation and is required to work with all its students to make sure they understand Government initiatives around Safeguarding, Prevent and Fundamental British Values. Information on these matters will be shared with you during your course.

You will also be asked to complete monitoring paperwork, which helps us to deliver course content to the highest quality.

Entry criteria
There are no formal entry requirements for this qualification.

Courses can fill fast, so please enrol early to avoid disappointment. Decisions on whether a course is to run are made two weeks prior to the start date - an email will be sent to you should there be changes to your course or if it is cancelled. Please check your inbox leading up to your course, including the junk folders. For anyone without an email account, our Admissions team will phone you instead.

For the first week of the course you will need to bring a valid form of identification; this includes passport, driving licence, debit/credit card, Birth Certificate or National Insurance card.

Please note - you should be 19 years old or over at 31st August 2024 prior to starting the course.

Fee information
Courses offered by the college are fully or partly funded by the Government and the published fee takes account of this funding.

Before starting a course, the College is required to check you meet conditions relating to that funding, e.g. age, residency status within the UK/EEA, prior qualification level and employment status. In some circumstances (such as with online enrolments), these checks can only be completed after you have enrolled and paid.

If you are unable to pay in full for this course at the time of enrolment, and the course tuition fee is £300 or more, an instalment plan is available. If this is your preference, please do not enrol online but rather call the Admissions Team on 01235 216400 to enrol.

Once enrolled, Admissions will take the first instalment payment from you and pass on your details to the Finance team who will email you to set-up your payment plan. Please return a fully completed instalment plan to Finance as failure to do so could result in being withdrawn from your course.

The rules on fee reduction are complicated, we would encourage you to talk to our Admissions Team on 01235 216400 to discuss these options. You can find more information on our Fees and Bursaries page - search "Fees and Bursaries" at the top of the page.

Course fees

19+ Fee:

Tuition Fee: £345.60

Exam Fee: £0.00

Total Cost: £345.60

19+ Reduced Fee:

Tuition Fee: £172.80

Exam Fee: £0.00

Total Cost: £172.80

Qualifications received
As this is a non-accredited course, there is no formal qualification. However, you will be asked to complete activities that demonstrate how you are progressing on your course.
Learning & method assessment
This is both a theory based and practical course. Learners will be able to participate in weekly, classroom activities to build and share knowledge alongside their peers as well as working in the garden to evidence their technical skills. There is no exam attached to this course, learners will complete a portfolio to evidence their achievement.