Horticulture (SCQF Level 5) Modern Apprenticeship

What is special about this course?

Modern Apprenticeships offer anyone aged over 16 paid employment combined with the opportunity to train for jobs across a wide range of sectors. They are an exciting way of gaining skills and qualifications that will help to start a career without having to study full time.

All the Modern Apprenticeship frameworks are developed by the appropriate sector skills council in consultation with their industry. Modern Apprenticeship frameworks can also be used as the basis for training more established employees.

Off the job learning usually takes place through colleges or training providers.

Here at UHI Moray we offer a range of Modern Apprenticeships across a range of sectors and work closely with a number of employers within the Highlands and Islands areas.

This SCQF Level 5 (SVQ Level 2) Horticulture course allows candidates to demonstrate competence in their particular area of work.

It covers such areas as: establishing crops or plants; preparing growing media and assisting with the control of pests, diseases and disorders.

Entry requirements

Individuals who are currently in employment and who wish to obtain a formal qualification and employees who wish to obtain short, continuing professional development courses.

This course includes units on the following topics:

  • Monitor and Maintain Health and Safety
  • Establish and Maintain Effective Working Relationships with Others
  • Agree how to Manage and Improve Own Performance in a Business Environment
  • Establish Crops or Plants
  • Prepare Growing Media

plus 6 optional units


How will I study my course?

  • Work based

How long will my course last?

One day per week, term time only over a two year period, but can be flexible so please get in touch.

Where can I study my course?

    • Biblical Gardens

Start date



If studying the Modern Apprenticeship route, in most cases course fees will be covered.

If studying the SVQ route, there are funding options available which vary depending on your specific circumstances. Please contact your training provider for further information.

You can also refer to our Fees and Funding section for more information.  


Funding from Skills Development Scotland  to contribute towards the cost of the apprentices training under the Modern Apprenticeship programme is available for all young people aged 16 – 19 for all frameworks. Funding may also be available for young people between the ages of 20 – 24 and 25+. This is dependent on the frameworks and sectors and can change annually.

For more information about funding please contact: Jacqui Taylor on 01343 576425 e mail Jacqui.taylor.moray@uhi.ac.uk or Fiona Anderson on 01343 576429 email fiona.anderson.moray@uhi.ac.uk.

What can I do on completion of my course?

An HNC/HND in Horticulture or a related area


an SVQ Level 3 in Production Horticulture, Landscaping or Parks, Gardens and Green Space at SCQF Level 6


employment in the horticulture/landscaping sector at a more senior supervisory level.

Is there more information available online?

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For more information about the Modern Apprenticeship programme in the first instance please contact Jacqui Taylor, Head of Marketing and External Relations on (01343) 576425 or e mail Jacqui.taylor.moray@uhi.ac.uk.

We are delighted that you are thinking about studying at UHI Moray. UHI Moray operates a fair and open admissions system committed to equality of opportunity and non-discrimination. We consider all applications on merit and on the basis of ability to achieve, without discrimination on grounds of age, disability, gender identity, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity status, race, religion and/or belief, sex, sexual orientation or socio-economic background. We welcome applications from all prospective students and aim to provide appropriate and efficient services to students with disabilities.