Planning your career is vital if you want to go into a particular field. It is essential that you have the right skills and knowledge to be able to progress and succeed. If you are thinking of a career in agriculture or horticulture here are a few tips on how you can plan for the future.
What job are you looking for?
This is the first question that you need to ask yourself. For instance, if you want to be a gardener, landscape designer, propagator, nursery manager or so on and are interested in plant life you will need to take a horticulture course. If you are more focused on farming or countryside management specializing in agriculture might be the better option.
Think about your qualifications
Now that you have an idea of which course you would like to take you to need to consider your eligibility. Most courses will have a qualification requirement which you will need to meet before you can start. A Level 3 Diploma in Horticulture, for example, has a requirement that students have A-C grades at GCSE level in English, Science, and Maths whereas if you take the Skill for Working Life in Horticulture you will need to pass an assessment and an interview.
If you do not have the qualifications you need to start a course you can opt for an Entry Level Award which will then give you a foundation to apply for further courses.
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Find a suitable course
Finding a suitable course is a lot easier than you think. Colleges will have curriculum information on their websites and you can search in the category in which you are interested. The websites will clearly show the course requirements for each one along with other information such as the length of the course, whether it is part-time or not and where it takes place. It’s best to choose a specialist Agriculture & Horticulture College if one is available.
Think about fees
The amount it will cost will depend in some part on your age; if you are between 16 and 18 you are entitled to free education. If you are going to be an older student you will need to take into account course fees. These are usually shown as a per year figure so you need to double the amount that you see. For instance, a course costing £1665.00 will cost you £3330 over two years.
If you are currently working full time you need to also consider that for a full-time course you might have to give up work for two years or reduce your hours. Spend time thinking about how this could affect you and remember that there is help out there for people who want to go back to full-time education.
Make your application
You will have to make your application directly to the college that you wish to study. You will have the option of doing this online, which is one of the preferred methods for many students, or you can print out your application and send a paper copy. The college will advise you on how long you should expect to wait for your response.
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Start your course
After you have been accepted on a course you will be given a start date and all the other information you need. You will start your course and work through it until the end of your one or two years. At the end of your course, you might want to apply for jobs based on your new qualification, or you might want to go on and study further; the choice will be yours. You can click here to get more info about it.
Planning a career in horticulture and agriculture is simple and straightforward, and you should not be put off if you don’t have any formal qualifications. Sign up for a course and you will soon be on the way to the job of your dreams.