Horticulture

Horticulture

This SVQ 2 in Horticulture allows learners 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.

Designed in partnership with the Sector Skills Council Lantra, this SVQ gives learners an internationally recognised qualification that guarantees they have the skills, knowledge and abilities to carry out their role successfully.

The SVQ 2 in Horticulture is available through employers and training providers.

Why deliver this qualification

SVQs are based on National Occupational Standards. SQA works in partnership with other organisations to ensure that National Occupational Standards (NOS) are relevant to the current and future needs of Scottish industries.

The SVQ 2 in Horticulture at SCQF level 5 is a re-accredited qualification.

Assessment is normally carried out in the workplace, which minimises any time learners would need to be away from their work and allows learners to generate evidence based on the actual work they are carrying out.

Learners can progress to a range of qualifications including Level 3 SVQs in related areas or a range of Horticulture Higher National Certificates and Diplomas (HNCs and HNDs).

The SVQ can be offered in any of the following modes:

  • full-time
  • part-time (eg day-release)
  • open and distance learning

The achievement of other qualifications such as the National Certificate An Introduction to Horticulture at SCQF level 4 can contribute towards the underpinning knowledge required for the SVQ.

Who does this qualification suit

This SVQ is suitable for:

  • learners who may have just left school
  • individuals who are currently in employment and who wish to obtain a formal qualification
  • employees who wish to obtain short, continuing professional development courses

Access

Entry is at the discretion of the centre.

Learners should be in a job or placement where they are carrying out relevant tasks and responsibilities that allow then to gather the required evidence.

No prior qualifications are required to undertake this qualification, although experience in/knowledge of subject would be an advantage.

Progression

The level 5 award could provide progression to:

  • an HNC/HND in Horticulture or a related area
  • an SVQ 3 in Production Horticulture, Landscaping or Parks, Gardens and Green Space at SCQF level 6
  • degree-level study at a higher education institution
  • employment in the horticulture/landscaping sector at a more senior supervisory level

Approval

Centres with devolved authority for approval should use their own internal approval process.

Centres without devolved authority will have to come forward for approval and should contact SQA’s Business Development Team for guidance.

Assessors and verifiers must be able to meet SQA’s general requirements for technical/occupational competence as outlined in the Guide to Approval.

How to assess

For general information on how to assess this qualification, please refer to the document Guidance on how to assess SVQs. For detailed guidance on how to assess this particular SVQ, please refer to the Assessment Strategy.

Qualification content and delivery tools

Current

Information about the qualification(s)

Qualification Structure

SVQ level 2 Horticulture at SCQF level 5

Group Award code: GH79 22

The SVQ 2 Horticulture at SCQF level 5 consists of five mandatory Units and six optional Units.

For details of the Units making up the SVQ, please refer to the Qualification Structure (103 KB).

National Occupational Standards

Unit information for this qualification is available on our Accredited Qualification Unit Search.

Core Skills signposting

Information about delivery, assessment, quality assurance and support material

Assessment strategy

Assessor's guidelines

Level: 1, 2 and 3
Publication: DB5575/2
Edition: February 2014
Downloads: Horticulture (0.97 MB)

Candidate Guidance and Portfolio

Lapsing

Information about the qualification(s)

Qualification Structure

Horticulture SVQ Level 1 (G9HV 21)

This qualification is now in its lapsing period and will finish on (31.12.2015). Centres should note:

  • The qualification will be deleted from the relevant catalogue
  • The qualification’s content and delivery tools will remain on SQA’s website until (31.12.2015) at which point they will be removed and archived
  • No new centres may be approved to offer the qualification
  • No candidates can be entered for the qualification
  • Centres should ensure candidates complete the qualification and results are submitted to SQA before (31.12.2015)

Horticulture SVQ Level 2 (G9HV 22)

This qualification is now in its lapsing period and will finish on (31.12.2017). Centres should note:

  • The qualification will be deleted from the relevant catalogue
  • The qualification’s content and delivery tools will remain on SQA’s website until (31.12.2017) at which point they will be removed and archived
  • No new centres may be approved to offer the qualification
  • No candidates can be entered for the qualification
  • Centres should ensure candidates complete the qualification and results are submitted to SQA before (31.12.2017

National Occupational Standards

Unit information for this qualification is available on our Accredited Qualification Unit Search.

Information about delivery, assessment, quality assurance and support material

Assessment strategy

Assessor's guidelines

Level: 1, 2 and 3
Publication: DB5575
Edition: October 2010
Downloads: Horticulture (901 KB)

Candidate Guidance and Portfolio

Useful links

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