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

Current course opportunities

 

There are a range of non-accredited structured learning opportunities ongoing. Sign up to our email list (see link top right) to get our updates, or come along and volunteer with us to learn informally – see next induction dates here.

Below are details of autumn 2019 courses; look out for updates in the autumn with 2020 dates (February and April starts) for Level 1.

 

Accredited learning opportunities from September 2019

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.

 

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

If you are interested in upcoming courses please email courses@organiclea.org.uk

Session time: 10am-4.30pm

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.

Pre-visit required before booking can take place.  Contact courses@organiclea.org.uk to book a place.

Course Fee including Awarding Body registration : £160 (Standard fee) / FREE for those on jobseeking benefits.

For Workbased courses a proportion of places are reserved for those not in employment.

Food Growing Level 1 Award (City and Guilds) Saturday

This course has now started. If you are interested in future courses please email courses@organiclea.org.uk

Start date: 1st February 2020

End Date: 4th April 2020

Session time: 10.30am -4.30pm

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.

Course Fee including Awarding Body registration : £280. FREE for those on jobseeking benefits.

Booking can take place without an assessment. To book a place on the course, contact courses@organiclea.org.uk

 

 

Horticulture Level 2: Extended Certificate (City and Guilds)

If you are interested in future courses please email courses@organiclea.org.uk

Start date: Tuesday 8th October 2019

End date: Tuesday 30th June 2020

Session time: 10.30am-4.30pm

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.

Assessment required before booking can take place. Information and Assessment date: Tuesday 20th Aug, 6pm – 8pm. Contact courses@organiclea.org.uk to book onto the assessment

Course Fee including Awarding Body registration: £595 /FREE for Jobseekers

Note: A City & Guilds Level 1 horticulture qualification or equivalent experience are considered essential entry requirements for this Level 2 course.

 

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

This course is now full. If you are interested in future courses please email courses@organiclea.org.uk

Start date: Thursday 17th October 2019

End date: Thursday 25th June 2020

Session time: 10.30am -1.30pm

This course is delivered in 26 sessions over 37 weeks. There will be no sessions on 14th Nov, 21st Nov, 28th Nov2019. Full list of session dates available with the course information sheet.

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.

Assessment required before booking can take place. Information and Assessment date: Tuesday 20th Aug, 6pm – 8pm. Contact courses@organiclea.org.uk to book onto the assessment

Course Fee including Awarding Body registration: £370 /FREE for Jobseekers

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.

 

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

This course is now full. If you are interested in future courses please email courses@organiclea.org.uk

Start dates: Wednesday 11th September – later start dates will be available.

Session times: The sessions are 9am – 5pm on dates determined during pre-course assessment – with Wednesday and Friday options.

This course is rooted in 20 sessions of guided learning in the production market gardens.  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 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.

Assessment required before booking can take place. Information and Assessment date: Tuesday 25th June, 6pm-8pm. Contact courses@organiclea.org.uk to book onto an assessment.

Course Fee including Awarding Body registration: £205 (Standard fee) / FREE for those on jobseeking benefits

For Workbased courses a proportion of places are reserved for those not in employment.

Note: Level 1 qualification is an essential entry requirement for this Level 2 course.

Sign up to our email list (see link top right) to get our updates, or come along and volunteer with us to learn informally – see next induction dates here.