Supported Learning Gardening and Horticulture

Ref: C3741880

Usually the quieter group taken at a slower pace, suitable for men and women wanting to learn at S/L beginners level plant care and propagation whilst enjoying opportunities to work with a range of tools on garden maintenance tasks suitable for each individuals ability, learning with support to become a good all round gardener with other like minded people.

Additional information about this course

This course is run by the WEA, working in partnership with East Surrey College delivering Adult Learning across the East Surrey area. This is a fee paying course. If you are in receipt of an income related benefit you may be entitled to free tuition.

Course aim

In order to promote health and well being students will take every opportunity to work outside and connect with the natural world through gardening and horticulture.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Plant a variety of bulbs for spring displays.
  • Monitor their growth and care
  • Identify a small range of house plants and their country of origin
  • Take part in a number of simple garden maintenance tasks.
  • Use a variety of garden tools, returning them clean after use.

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning
  • Support staff provided by the family or home will be expected to actively take part alongside their client in order, if possible, for the learning to continue at the home or residential home

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion
  • Student gardeners will be expected to verbally or by other means take part in recording their sessions work and progress in the end of session diary.

What else do I need to know?

  • All materials will be provided
  • In order the gardeners and their support staff can take part in all aspects of the course, they are expected to wear suitable outdoor shoes and clothing for all weathers. FOR HYGIENE REASONS PERSONAL GARDENING GLOVES ARE ESSENTIAL

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading is required but research on the subject on the internet or in the library may be helpful
  • Students are expected to make use of the books and magazines on site and to occasionally watch related gardening or nature programmes on TV at home for discussion.

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • Become involved as a volunteer for a WEA partner or another organisation

Download full course outline

Supported Learning Gardening and Horticulture Course Outline


You can if you meet all of the following requirements:

  • are paying the standard fee or are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • are paying with a credit/debit card or are not paying a fee because of a qualifying benefit
  • have a valid email address
  • have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2017
  • have read and accept the standard terms and conditions
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