Further Education Applications for September 2022 Now Open
Students on Black Mountains College Regenerative Gardening Course

In Partnership with NPTC Group of Colleges

1 academic year, full-time @ The Gwernyfed Walled Garden.

This practical course encompasses organic, permaculture and no-dig principles. Students will train in a unique learning environment on the outskirts of Talgarth. 

What will I learn?

This NVQ is practical outdoor learning backed up with classroom theory covering botany, soil science, food production and ornamental horticulture.  The curriculum includes:

  • Organic soil management
  • Sharpening and maintaining hand tools
  • Training & pruning fruit trees
  • Propagating plants and seed collection
  • Identifying plants by botanical name
  • Garden design using natural products
  • Planting plans for biodiversity

Why study Regenerative Horticulture?

The BMC Level2 in Regenerative Horticulture will give you the skills you need to pursue a sustainable and rewarding career.

  • Move into Level 3 Practical Horticulture
  • Join the BMC undergraduate course
  • Be a gardener, landscaper, market gardener, plant nursery worker & beyond
  • Move on to higher education courses such as Garden Design, Plant Science, Ethno Botany, Agriscience or Arboriculture.

Why study at BMC?

  • Course tutors, Alice Weston and Rashid Benoy, have extensive experience from a broad spectrum of  horticulture, bringing innovative techniques and unique knowledge.
  • Students without the necessary grades (grade 4/ C or above) will get additional teaching and support to study for GCSE English and maths.
  • You will also study on our 100-hour unique BMC Programme in ecology, sustainability, and life skills which is an integral part of your chosen NVQ.
  • Your learning experience within our BMC programme will be supplemented with various activities, day trips, guest lectures, and a project of your choice.

How much does it cost?

All tuition fees for further education are fully funded by the Welsh Government for everyone regardless of age.

Find out about EMA and Welsh Government Learning Grants.

Additional costs for Regenerative Horticulture: Sturdy wellies and secateurs. £50 approx.

You will have the option to purchase these yourself, apply for a grant from us or borrow them from BMC.

What are the study hours?

Regenerative horticulture is classed full time, but the contact time required is 3 days a week from the beginning of September until the end of June. There is an element of self-guided learning too.
The weekly timetable is TBC.

How to apply

There are no entry requirements, although you will need to have gained a grade ‘C’ in Maths and English GCSE by the end of the course if you have not done so already, and we can help you with that.

Apply now >


If you’d like to ask us any questions, join one of our taster sessions or arrange to have a chat with the tutor, email us.

*Known as Practical Horticulture (C&G)

Courses are subject to change without notice

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