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We can't wait to welcome you to Sparsholt College in September! 

We have created this interactive page to give you a sense of what studying Horticulture at Sparsholt College is like. Scroll down to watch the playlist of videos we created and have a go at home if you can. You'll meet the lecturers and teaching team and get a guided tour of the facilities at Sparsholt so you'll know what to expect in September. There are also quizzes and projects for you to have a go at!

Remember, we are on social media and love posting about our students, their achievements and our beautiful campus so be sure to give us a like and a follow.  you can also contact us at SparsholtApplicantWelcome@sparsholt.ac.uk 

At Sparsholt we also offer a lot of support to you during your time at college including Careers guidance and Health and Wellbeing advice. 

NEW: Visit our campus virtually! 

Join our expert lecturers on an exclusive guided tour across Sparsholt College's industry standard facilities and state-of-the-art equipment!

Why not also take a look at our 360 captures and explore the rest of our beautiful countryside campus here!

Horticulture at Sparsholt 

In the video below, Chris Bird, Sparsholt's horticultural guru and RHS Chelsea Flower Show supremo walks you around our campus giving a seasonal tour of our beautiful plants.  Unfortunately we don't have smellivision so we are unable to convey how incredible some of these plants smell but try and imagine once Chris has described them to you!

Jamie Cryer, one of our expert lecturers gives a demonstration of how to divide canna plants in the video below:

Ray Broughton, another lecturer, introduces you to a variety of horticultural practices that you will learn more about when you join Sparsholt in September!

This includes information and guidance on the maintenance of your garden tools, planting preparation and associated methods and their best uses, and, the preparation of plant material including compost ingredients.  

 

For Level 1s and 2s try our innovative identification quiz below and bring your answers when you come to College. The answer sheet is below the quiz.  Just complete and bring with you in September to find out if you identified everything correctly!

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Student wellbeing and support 

At Sparsholt College we understand that starting college in these uncertain times can be daunting and we aim to make this process as simple as possible. 

We have a dedicated team that provide our students with any additional support they need including; 

  • Counselling 
  • Carer support 
  • Childcare support 
  • Confidential one-to-one services 

University Centre Sparsholt 

Did you know that Sparsholt also offers higher education including foundation degrees, degrees and masters courses in a variety of different areas! 

University Centre Sparsholt is the perfect place to take your education further in the interesting and varied fields of Conservation and Wildlife Management, Animal/Zoo Biology, Fishery and Aquatics, Equine Science and Performance management or Veterinary Nursing Science! 

Take a look at our website for more information and 2021 prospectus here. 

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Not already applied?

Got this link but not yet applied? Click below so you can join us in September!

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Our Courses: 

Level 1: Horticulture

Level 2 Technical Certificate: Horticulture  

Level 3 Advanced Technical Certificate/ Diploma/ Extended Diploma: Horticulture 

In the News!

Wondering where a career in Horticulture could take you - all the way to Wembley! 

Read this article with Wembley Grounds Manager Karl Standley a former Horticulture student at Sparsholt College!

Article available here. 

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Careers Guidance 

Our careers guidance aims to expand the horizons of all students enabling you to make informed career decisions in order to progress both during and after college. 

Carol is our dedicated Careers Advisor for Sparsholt College! 

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 We recently launched the new Careers Hub located in the College library so come and say hello to Carol and Anna! 

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Industry Work Placements

As part of our Level 3 qualifications (that is Level 3 Advanced Certificate, Diploma & Extended Diploma qualifications) full-time students aged 16-19 will complete a work placement with an industry-specific external employer or voluntary organisation.

Industry work placements provide students with opportunities to:

  • Apply the knowledge learned at college to the workplace
  • Increase confidence as skills are developed
  • Develop communication, team work and problem-solving skills
  • See how a business operates in the real world
  • Identify key technical strengths and skills you will need at work
  • Test your career choices and aspirations
  • Line up an employer reference and achieve an additional college certificate for future use

One dedicated placement day per week will form a part of our students’ weekly timetable across the academic year. Our Industry Work Placement team will be here to support and guide you through this process from start to finish. We will also be hosting classroom sessions through the year in order to monitor progress and completion of timesheets and learner journals.  

Get ahead of the rest and get your work placement sorted before you start your course with us. If you have any questions about this or would like assistance with your work placement search then please email the team -  iwp@sparsholt.ac.uk and we would be happy to help.

The presentation below outlines in more detail the process for IWP, introduces you to the team and has a list of Frequently Asked Questions as well as giving you the documents you will need to start your IWP journey.

Social Media

We love to post about all our students on our platforms including their achievements, trips and excellent work - take a look at some of the highlights below and make sure you follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube!

 

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