Level 3 Diploma in Horticulture

Subject Area: Course code: Course Type:
Horticulture & Plant Science HR221A01/21/1 Further Education

Course Information

Employers are looking for people with practical skills and in-depth knowledge of plants, soils, landscaping and design, plus a sound business sense. This one year course, equivalent to 1 and a half A Levels, will help you establish an all round understanding of horticultural principles and practices whilst working and learning in the Grade 2 listed Kingston Maurward gardens.

This course is suitable for anyone interested in a career working within the ‘green’ industries and would appeal to people with many different skill sets and interests – creative, scientific, energetic and entrepreneurial. You will also benefit from work experience where you will make essential contacts within the horticultural industry and perfect your knowledge.


  • Level 3 Diploma in Horticulture
Course Content
  • Health and Safety & work related experience
    Plant knowledge and identification
    Machinery use and operation
    Maintain turf in parks and gardens
    Garden design and landscape construction skills
    Plant propagation – glasshouse and nursery techniques
    Principles of plant science/health, protection and soil science
    Plant production
    Decorative horticulture, including plant establishment , specialist aftercare & pruning
Entry Requirements
  • 4 GCSEs at grade 4/5 or above, including English, maths and a science OR a relevant Level 2 Certificate at Distinction level OR an Apprenticeship in horticulture with good levels of maths and English. Mature students lacking formal qualifications will also be considered. Numeracy and literacy screening assessments will be taken.Enthusiasm, relevant practical experience, a keen and active interest in commercial gardening and landscaping with the ability to cope with written work is required.
Next Steps
  • Advanced Apprenticeship in Horticulture
Career Opportunities
  • Horticultural technician, garden designer, gardener – supervisor in heritage and private gardens, self employed gardener, greenkeeper or groundsperson, horticultural garden centre worker/manager, landscape manager, landscaper or landscape architect.

Dates & Fees

Dates & Times
Start date: End date: Start time: End time:
06-Sep-2021 (Already Started) 24-Jun-2022 9.00 a.m. 4.00 p.m.
Mode of attendance
Full Time
Day of the week Number of sessions
Various 35
Course Fees

There are no course fees for eligible students aged 16-18. Students aged 19-25 may also be eligible for government funding or a student loan depending on their circumstances.
Contribution towards study/field trips.
Opportunities to take Certificates of competence/Licenses to practice may be arranged in consultation with the teaching team.

Materials Required

Basic stationery: calculator, pens, paper and lever arch files. Suitable outdoor clothing - the clothing must be suitable for environment, weather and time of year. Protective overalls. Steel toe capped work boots. Steel toe capped wellington boots. Hi-vis yellow vest., general work gloves.Department uniform: polo shirt and sweatshirt.Tetanus protection is recommended. All protective equipment will be inspected by the Course Manager

What's next?

Applications for this course are now closed. If you'd like to know when there will be another or need more information we are happy to answer any questions.