A workers' cooperative growing food on London's edge in the Lea Valley

Current course opportunities

Accredited learning opportunities from January 2019

City and Guilds accredited courses – taking place at Hawkwood with OrganicLea tutors

Important note on course administration: Some of our accredited training is with Waltham Forest Adult Learning Service (WFALS) who manage some course bookings (indicated below). You will be advised about booking following a pre-course assessment.

For all the Level 2 courses and the work-based Level 1 option, before applying, it is necessary to do a pre-course assessment at Organclea’s Hawkwood site. These assessment dates are below.

There are a range of non-accredited structured learning opportunities planned for the New Year, which include learning sessions on biodiversity themes and ongoing community cooking skill-ups. For non-accredited opportunities, our 2019 opportunities will be online by 19 December 2018.

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Work-based Horticulture Level 1 Award (City and Guilds)

Start date: Wednesday 23 January for 10 weeks, 10am-4.30pm (last session Wednesday 3 April).
This qualification involves minimal classroom time with 10 weeks of guided horticultural practice rooted in organic market gardening theory. During this time you will practise food growing techniques and experience the realities of a productive horticultural work place. You will develop a work-book portfolio with reflective worksheets.

To qualify for this course you need to attend a pre-course assessment. Following this pre-assessment you can enrol directly with Organiclea. Fees are below.

Assessment required before enrolment: Current options for assessment dates are Friday 16 November, 11-1 / Wednesday 5 December, 11-1 / Wednesday 19 December, 11-12. If spaces are still available on the course, there will be an additional assessment on Wednesday 16 January 2019, 11-1. Contact clare[at]organiclea.org.uk (replace [at] with @) to book onto an assessment or call Clare directly at Hawkwood on 020 8524 4994.

COSTS : £120 (Standard fee) / FREE for those on jobseeking benefits /If you are not working and looking for work but not in receipt of benefits, there are fee discounts.
There will be other opportunities to do this course in 2019.

 

Food Growing Level 1 Award (City and Guilds)

Course code: HNG9921
Start date: Friday 15 March for 7 weeks, 10.30-4.30 (no class Friday 12 or 19 April – Easter Holiday). Finish date: Friday 10 May.

This course provides an opportunity to achieve an accredited gardening qualification through practical learning. It is designed to build basic and technical skills in the classroom then support this with demonstration practical tasks in Organiclea’s market garden at Hawkwood. It would suit anyone who is thinking about working as a gardener or who wants to enhance their food growing knowledge for the home environment.

COSTS : £161.00 (Standard fee) / £72.80 (Discounted fee) / FREE for those on jobseeking benefits.
BOOKING CAN TAKE PLACE WITHOUT ASSESSMENT – CALL 020 8496 2974 to enrol or enquire about discounted fees.

There will be other opportunities to do this course between May 2019 and July 2019.

 

Work-based Horticulture: Level 2 Certificate (City and Guilds)

Dates: two more start opportunities: Wednesday 6 February 2019, and Friday 8 March 2019
This course is rooted in 20 sessions of guided learning in the production market gardens (The sessions are 9-5pm on dates determined during pre-course assessment – with Wednesday and Friday options). There are four start opportunities across the academic year from September 2018-April 2019. Designed with guided horticultural practice, themed small group tutorials, practical assessments, 1-1 support opportunities and Q&A homework, you gain an in-depth understanding of how urban community horticultural enterprise works from a both a production and organisational perspective. It offers an opportunity to learn and assess your own options and interests in this area of work. Units cover fundamental productive horticultural skills in the organic environment: Preparing sites for planting, seed sowing calendars, planting out and caring for planted areas, as well as crucial work-based guidance linked to health and safety, working relationships and learning plans for your own future work in this area. It seeks to grow considerable skills and abilities in horticultural practice and in the working environment.

COSTS : £150 (Standard fee) / FREE for those on jobseeking benefits /If you are not working and looking for work but not in receipt of benefits, there are fee discounts.

Assessment required before booking can take place: First opportunity is Wednesday 19 December, 11-12. Contact clare[at]organiclea.org.uk (replace [at] with @) to book or call Clare directly at Hawkwood on 020 8524 4994.
Note: Level 1 qualification is an essential entry requirement for this Level 2 course.

 

Level 2 courses already running, but will repeat in Autumn 2019:

Horticulture Level 2: Extended Certificate (City and Guilds)

Date: 25/9/18 to 11/6/19 (30 weeks, term time on Tuesdays 10.00-17.00)
This 30 week intensive course is for those who are already gardening and who want a more theoretical base to develop their gardening practice. It interests those keen to commit more time to gardening work at a personal and (potential) employment level. Learning includes units on understanding soil science, plant science, techniques in organic horticulture and fruit and vegetable production by organic methods. This course demands commitment to both learning and self-study; and delivers a lot in terms of academic learning and confidence in the detail of gardening practice. The theory learnt in the classroom and in the 3-6 hours of home-study/research/essay writing per week, is backed up by practical tasks and assessments in the Hawkwood vegetable and fruit gardens.
COSTS: £576.00 (std) / £235.80 (Discounted fee) / FREE for Jobseekers
Assessment required before booking can take place. The information and assessment date for this and the other Level 2 courses is Tuesday 24 July 6-8pm at Hawkwood Plant Nursery. Email tim@organiclea.org.uk to book a place. (Booking a place is essential)
Note: Level 1 qualification is considered essential entry requirement for this Level 2 courses. Whilst we can consider equivalent experience, priority does go to Level 1 holders. These courses fill up.

 

Practical Horticulture Skills, Level 2 Certificate (City and Guilds)

Date: 15/11/18 – 4/7/19 (25 weeks, term time on Thursdays 10.30-1.30)
This ‘practice’ based course equips the production horticulturalist with the essential know-how and techniques to assess, prepare and maintain gardens at a range of scales. Study units include: prepare for planting; techniques for plant care; training and pruning in fruit production; stem cutting propagation; pedestrian controlled rotary cultivation; and identifying plants by botanical names. You will be assessed at the Hawkwood site during course hours and this includes practical assessment gardening tasks and accompanying written worksheets. Home study will support your gardening practice and worksheets.
COSTS: £301.50 (std) / £121.95 (Discounted fee) / FREE for Jobseekers
Assessment required before booking can take place. The information and assessment date for this and the other Level 2 courses is Tuesday 24 July 6-8pm at Hawkwood Plant Nursery. Email ru@organiclea.org.uk to book a place. (Booking a place is essential)
Note: Level 1 qualification is considered essential entry requirement for this Level 2 courses. While we can consider equivalent experience, priority does go to Level 1 holders. These courses fill up.

Note on fees for courses running with the Council’s Adult Learning Service (WFALS):

  • The discount fee is subject to proof of income below £15,000.

 

 

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