Supported Learning Gardening and Horticulture

Ref: C3742559

Suitable for men and women wanting to learn at S/L beginner level all types of plant care and propagation while having opportunities to work with a range of tools on garden maintenance projects suitable to the individual's ability. Learning with support to become a good all round gardener.

Course aim

Aiming to promote health and well-being for supported learning students through friendships and gardening, plant knowledge and horticulture.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is for beginners
  • This course is for improvers
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers
  • Stamina required for a 4 hour session, although rest can be taken and is encouraged at any time during the session.

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

  • Take cuttings and create plants by division.
  • Monitor plant growth and care regarding watering, insect watch and disease.
  • Identify a small number of summer plants used in the seasonal containers.
  • Undertake a variety of gardening maintenance tasks suitable to the individual.
  • Use a variety of gardening tools returning 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
  • Students will take part in informal practical tests when they are ready.

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
  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor
  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning
  • Take part in recording weather patterns and contributing verbally to the group diary.

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed
  • All materials will be provided
  • Suitable gardening clothing for working outside. PPE well fitting gardening gloves for students and support staff. A packed lunch for student and support staff.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • Become involved with the WEA in a range of voluntary work and other activities including campaigning as a WEA member
  • Start a home garden project.

Download full course outline

Supported Learning Gardening and Horticulture Course Outline

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This course is not available for online enrolment.

Please call 0300 303 3464 to enquire about enrolling on this course.


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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