Level 3 Diploma Horticulture

Subject Area: Course code: Course Type:
Horticulture & Plant Science HR227A01/24/2 Further Education

Course Information

This two year course is equivalent to 2 A Levels and is an ideal qualification for school leavers and mature students to learn horticulture at a higher level. It enables those who already have some experience to develop expertise in a wide range of subjects relevant to the industry. Using our fantastic campus facilities, including modern glasshouses, you will gain a broad understanding in a range of horticultural subjects including applied plant science, turf management and garden design.

The course also provides opportunities to meet with industry experts and potential employers and to showcase your skills to local clients by becoming involved in College-supported community and private projects. The qualification is supported by: The Horticultural Trades Association (HTA), The Greenkeepers Training Committee (GTC) and British Association of Landscape Industries (BALI).


  • Level 3 Diploma Horticulture
Course Content
  • Work experience
    Plant knowledge and identification
    Estate skills
    Machinery use and operation
    Health and Safety
    Maintain turf in parks and gardens
    Garden design, production and landscape construction
    Plant propagation – glasshouse and nursery techniques
    Principles of plant science/health, protection and soil science
    Decorative horticulture, including plant establishment & pruning
    Business management in the land based sector
    Undertake a specialist project in the land based sector
    Construct horizontal landscape surfaces
Entry Requirements
  • 4 GCSEs at grade 4/5 or above, including English, maths and a science OR a relevant Level 2 at Merit level or an Apprenticeship in horticulture with good levels of maths and English. There may be the opportunity to study English and maths if you have yet to achieve a grade 4. Mature students lacking formal qualifications will also be considered. Enthusiasm, relevant practical experience, a keen and active interest in commercial gardening and landscaping with the ability to cope with practical and written assessment and externally set exams.
Next Steps
  • Degree courses in Horticulture,Garden Design. RHS Level 3 Certificate in Practical Horticulture
Career Opportunities
  • Specialist plant grower, garden designer, gardener/supervisor for heritage gardens and estates, self–employed gardener in domestic settings, landscape manager.

Dates & Fees

Dates & Times
Start date: End date: Start time: End time:
04-Sep-2024 19-Jun-2026 9.30 a.m. 3.45 p.m.
Mode of attendance
Full Time
Day of the week Number of sessions
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 field and study trips.

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, 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?

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