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

Current course opportunities

Starting Autumn 2018 – Accredited and other structured learning opportunities below:

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.

 

LEVEL 1 AWARDS IN THE AUTUMN 2018

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

Start date: Wednesdat 19 September for 9 weeks, 10am-4.30pm
This qualification involves minimal classroom time with 9 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 which will also clarify fees – which will be very reasonable / FREE for those on benefits.

Forthcoming information and assessment dates for this work-based Level 1 course are Tuesday 24 July 6-8pm, or Wednesday 1 August, 11-1pm at Hawkwood Plant Nursery.

Assessment required before enrolment: Contact clare@organiclea.org.uk to sign-up for an assessment date or call Clare directly at Hawkwood or on 020 8524 4994.

There will be other opportunities to do this course between October 2018 and June 2019.

 

Food Growing Level 1 Award (City and Guilds)

Course code: HNG9907
Start date: Friday 28 September for 7 weeks, 10.30-4.30 (no class Friday 26 October – half term). Finish date: Friday 16 November.
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 : £148.40 (Standard fee) / £69.02 (Discounted fee) / FREE for those on jobseeking benefits.
BOOKING CAN TAKE PLACE WITHOUT ASSESSMENT – CALL 020 8496 2974 to enrol.

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

LEVEL 2 CERTIFICATES: STARTING AUTUMN 2018

 

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.

 

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

Dates: This course is rooted in 25 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 4 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: Still to be determined, but will be very reasonable and FREE for those on benefits

Assessment required before booking can take place. The first information and assessment date for this and the other Level 2 courses is Tuesday 24 July 6-8pm at Hawkwood Plant Nursery. For this course there will be additional assessments across the year between July 2018-March 2019. Email clare@organiclea.org.uk to book a place. (Booking a place is essential)
Note: Level 1 qualification is an essential entry requirement for this Level 2 courses.


There are a range of non-accredited structured learning opportunities planned for the Autumn which include learning sessions on biodiversity themes and ongoing community cooking skill-ups. For non-accredited opportunities, our Autumn programme will be available by 31 July 2018.

 

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