Our department offers an introduction to the horticulture industry and the types of careers available. The courses we provide are very practical based, in keeping with national industry requirements and will provide you with the knowledge required to set up your own gardening business or work within a nursery or garden centre. We cater for school leavers and mature learners alike. This is a new and exciting development for Lancaster & Morecambe College and the department is expanding as we speak.

Victoria Bond, Head of Horticulture

“I chose this course for business purposes. I am hoping in the future I can build my own business. LMC provided everything I needed. I loved everything about my course including the people I work with and my tutor. It was the best choice I ever made joining this course. I would advise it to anyone who was interested. I’m very grateful for the course as now I have gained a job at Lancaster City Council.”

Kurtis Evans, Horticulture Level 2


Exciting career opportunities include working as a horticultural scientist, nursery manager, environmental scientist, garden historian, landscape ecologist, nature conservation officer, park ranger, arboriculturalist or landscape designer. The Royal Horticultural Society has predicted that over 11,000 horticultural jobs will be created over the next few years in the UK. Previous students have gone onto employment with Lancaster City Council as nursery assistants and parks and gardens assistants, as grounds staff at the Merewood Hotel, Windermere and at White Lund Nursery, or started their own business.



Apprenticeships logoOnce you have gained employment you could start this programme at any time of the year.

What do I need to join?

4 GCSEs at grade D/3 or higher including Maths or English OR a Level 1 related qualification PLUS grade D/3 or higher in Maths or English.
Relevant work experience will also be considered
Entry criteria will be applied at the discretion of the course manager.
You will have a proven interest in horticulture, enjoy working with people, and show evidence of good skills in practical subjects with a willingness to work outside in all weathers.

General Information

An apprenticeship in a genuine job, with training, meaning apprentices learn and gain skills and professional competencies in their chosen career, whilst receiving a wage.

Apprenticeships are suitable for well-motivated people who are focussed and know which career path they want to follow. They offer high quality work-based training as an alternative to full time study.

This programme is aimed at people who are employed, or are seeking employment. You will need to be 16 years of age or over. Apprenticeships are available at level 2 and level 3.

From April 2018, the apprenticeship minimum wage is £3.70 per hour. For further information on salaries, visit gov.uk and search ‘apprenticeships'.

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Department News

Animal Studies Department Trips

August 14, 2017

Students in the Animal Studies department have been treated to trips to some of the local businesses

LMC gains Royal Horticultural Society approval

May 16, 2017

Following a visit from the Royal Horticultural Society, Lancaster & Morecambe College (LMC) has been

What is Horticulture?

April 19, 2017

Horticulture, by definition, is the practice of gardening and management. But is there is much more

Horticulture Conservation Project

January 13, 2017

The Level 2 NCFE Garden Design students have been measuring up part of the conservation ground for a

Student Profiles

John Mooney

November 30, 2016

Courses taken at college:Level 2 and Level 3 Extended Diploma Horticulture

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