The Horticulture course gives learners the opportunity to gain an understanding of production horticulture. Sessions are split into theoretical and practical parts, with the emphasis on developing practical horticultural skills. The learners will learn about and experience growing produce for the college involving:
- sowing seeds and planting bulbs and ornamental plants
- growing plants from cuttings and by grafting
- taking care of plants – watering, weeding, pruning, feeding and spraying
- mowing grass, cutting dead growth and branches, and general tidying
- laying paths and looking after ornamental features
Working in our purpose built poly tunnel and vegetable gardens learners are introduced to the practicalities of work, enabling them to develop work based skills in a real-world context. The course continues to embed basic skills and supports the learners to develop their independent living skills.
The Environmental Conservation course gives learners the opportunity to gain an understanding of the natural world and how to care for it. Sessions are split into theoretical and practical parts, introducing the learners to background knowledge and practical conservation skills such as:
- maintaining paths and fences
- planting wildlife areas
- improving the environment by maintaining the college gardens
- looking after the wider environment by recycling and litter picking.
Learners also work on conservation projects with partner agencies such as Devon Wildlife Trust and The Forestry Commission. In addition to practising their work based skills, learners also have the opportunity to develop their social skills in a wider real-life context, thus supporting their independent living skills.