Level 3 Horticulture
Equivalent to A-levels, this course is suitable for those who wish to gain a broad applied knowledge of the many areas of horticulture (including turf, hard-landscaping and design).
The course is an exciting combination of practical and theory work, both of which will provide you with the skills to enter any aspect of the industry. The course can also lead to degree level study or a career in an entry level management position. The course content offers a professional level of knowledge and understanding of modern horticulture combined with hands-on practical skills. This is a two year course which leads to the achievement of the Technical Advanced Extended Diploma in Horticulture.
The central subjects covered over the two years may include plant and soil science, plant identification and use, amenity turf, machinery use and maintenance, estate skills, tree and shrub pruning, establishing exterior plant displays, plant propagation, site surveys, landscape and garden design, landscape construction, business and project management. In total there are eighteen 60-credit units assessed through written and practical assessments.
Usually at least 4 GCSEs at grade 4 or above. Alternatively a suitable Level 2 vocational qualification (Merit or above) with English and Maths at Level 2.
Students who successfully complete this course could go onto study for a higher education qualifications such as Foundation Degrees in Horticulture, Landscape and Garden Management, Sports Surface Management or Arboriculture, then on to a top up BSc Hons Degree in Applied Horticulture.