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

Current course opportunities

Courses in 2017-18: we offer a range of interesting and ‘applied’ learning opportunities at our urban food growing site – and support courses taking place elsewhere in Waltham Forest too. New courses will be added periodically so check back here for the latest details.

  • Sustainable Beekeeping weekend courseSaturday 12th May Sunday 13th May, 10:00 am
    Hawkwood Plant Nursery

    This one day course will take a look at the fascinating world of the honeybee, introducing key concepts in their biology and ecology.

Starting Spring 2018: City and Guilds accredited courses taking place at Hawkwood

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

Important note on course administration: We run all our accredited training with Waltham Forest Adult Learning Service (WFALS) who manage course bookings. For the Level 2 courses and the work-based Level 1 option, before applying, it is necessary to get a pre-course assessment completion note from one of the tutors (based at Hawkwood). Details of these assessment procedures are below.
For all courses running with WFALS, the discount fee is subject to proof of working-tax credit paperwork.

LEVEL 1 AWARDS SPRING 2018

Food Growing Skills Level 1 Award (City and Guilds)
Course code: HNG9165-5UA
Start date: Friday 9th March for 7 weeks, 10.30-4.30 (no class Friday 30 March and 6th April)
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 (Standard fee) / £72.80 (Discounted fee) / FREE FOR THOSE ON JOBSEEKING BENEFITS
BOOKING CAN TAKE PLACE WITHOUT ASSESSMENT – CALL 020 8496 2971

 

Food Growing Skills Level 1 Award (City and Guilds)
Course code: HNG9089-5UA
Start date: Friday 18th May for 7 weeks, 10.30-4.30 (no class Friday 1st June)
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 (Standard fee) / £72.80 (Discounted fee) / FREE FOR THOSE ON JOBSEEKING BENEFITS
BOOKING CAN TAKE PLACE WITHOUT ASSESSMENT – CALL 020 8496 2971

 

Work-based Horticulture Level 1 Award (City and Guilds)
Course code: HNG8748-3UA
Start date: Wednesday 21st February for 9 sessions, 10am-4.15pm (no session 4th and 11th April)
This qualification involves minimal classroom time (45 minutes first thing, then 30 minutes end of day) and 9-12 weeks of guided horticultural practice. 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 enrol on this course you need a statement of entry from the course tutor following a conversation about course requirements. Please contact courses@organiclea.org.uk to book an appointment.
COSTS: £188 (Standard fee) / £80.90 (Discounted fee) / FREE FOR THOSE ON JOBSEEKING BENEFITS
Assessment required before booking can take place: Contact Clare on clare@organiclea.org.uk or on 020 8524 4994.

 

 

LEVEL 2 CERTIFICATES AUTUMN 2018

Our Level 2 courses are now closed for new enrolments and will be running again from Autumn 2018. If you are interested in any of the courses we offer below, please contact courses@organiclea.org.uk from May 2018 to express your interest and book an assessment.

Level 2 Extended Certificate in Horticulture (City and Guilds)

This 28 week intensive and highly recommended course is for those who are already gardening and who want a more theoretical base to develop their gardening practice. It has been running in partnership with Organiclea since 2007. 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 home-study/research/essay writing, is backed up by practical assessments in the Hawkwood vegetable and fruit gardens.
COSTS (approx): £480 (std) / £207(Discounted fee) / FREE for Jobseekers

Assessment required before booking can take place. Note: Level 1 qualification is considered essential entry requirement for the Level 2 courses. While we can consider equivalent experience, priority does go to Level 1 holders. These courses fill up as they are considered an essential employment qualification in the horticultural sector.

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

This popular ‘practice’ course equips the production horticulturalist with the essential know-how and techniques to assess, prepare and maintain gardens at a range of scales. Units may 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 (approx)£267 (std) / £112 (Discounted fee) / FREE for Jobseekers

Assessment required before booking can take place.
Note: Level 1 qualification is considered essential entry requirement for the Level 2 courses. While we can consider equivalent experience, priority does go to Level 1 holders. These courses fill up as they are considered an essential employment qualification in the horticultural sector.

 

Past courses

Course registration is through Organiclea (except where stated otherwise) – use our online registration form. For details of concessions see our course fee guide. Email courses[at]organiclea.org.uk for queries (this email is not checked daily).

City and Guilds Level 1 and 2 Certificate in Gardening: we run these courses regularly in conjunction with Waltham Forest Adult Learning service. Check their website for current gardening course dates and registration. If you require further information call 020 8524 4994 or email courses[at]organiclea.org.uk