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Supported Learning

You will work towards achieving personalised individual targets. Some students also do functional skills qualifications in English and/or maths if they are ready to achieve the next level. You will develop your skills in horticulture, customer service, health and safety in retail and English and maths. You will also be involved in gardening the college grounds and in selling plants as part of your course. The course also will help you in making good adult choices, taking responsibility, developing your confidence, communication and personal and social skills. You will have a course tutor who will help you if you have any difficulties and who will monitor and support your progress.

Support Available

You will work in a small group, (between 8 and 10 students), with a teacher and at least one support worker. Some students have 1.1 support. There is also support available in the canteen and quiet room and during lunch and breaks. If you do not travel independently you can apply for transport to college. Some students also have additional speech and language support, literacy/dyslexia support, independent travel training, emotional /behavioural support and/or job coaching support

Entry Requirements

This course is for you if you need support at college and would like to work in gardening/horticulture or a similar area. Most students on the course are aged 19 - 23 and have an Education Health Care Plan. You do not need any academic qualifications to come on the course but some students have some qualifications at E1 or E2. We will assess the best course for you at your interview.

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    Assessment Method

    Ongoing assessment for accredited learning and against individual targets. You will also have three progress reviews with your tutor and parent/carer each year.

    Aims of the course

    • To help you develop your skills in horticulture
    • To develop your confidence, communication and personal and social development skills
    • To help achieve skills and qualifications that will help you progress to employment in the future
    • To help you achieve the outcomes on your Education Health Care Plan

    Progression Opportunities

    Progression to supported employment, volunteering or a Move on to Work course in the college


    You will learn by working in the grounds/greenhouse, in class, on trips/visits, on work placement and in specialist rooms in the college

    Career Options

    Supported employment

Course Details

Venue Lewisham Way
Day/Eve Day
Mode Full Time
Duration 1 year
Start Date 09/09/2019
End Date 03/07/2020


For up-to-date information about tuition fees, living costs and financial support, visit Fees and Finance.

16-18 Free
19-24 £ 0 p/year
24+ Please Enquire
International £9,000 p/year

And Then?

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Toby Ott

Blackheath-based Toby Ott, 24, has been blind from birth - but this hasn’t stopped him pursuing further and higher education qualifications.

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