Landscape/Horticulture Supervisor Apprenticeship Level 3

Course Details

  • Department

  • Qualification

    Level 3
  • Length

    2 Years
  • Location(s)


Course at a glance

An apprenticeship is a job with training. The job must have a productive purpose and should provide the apprentice with the opportunity to embed and consolidate the knowledge, skills and behaviours they need for their immediate job and future career.

Entry Requirements


L3 Apprenticeship Standards require the Apprentice to have prior experience in the Sector and be working in a role with sufficient responsibility to enable them to demonstrate all of the Knowledge, Skills & Behaviours required.

You will have already achieved L1 (as a minimum) & L2 Maths & English, equivalent to GCSE Grade 4 (or old GCSE Grade C) or above. Where applicants do not already hold L2 Maths & English, they must demonstrate the ability to achieve these prior to enrolment.

Cost for students aged Under 19


for students over the age of 19 please contact us

Course summary

Working and learning in the horticulture and landscape industries is rewarding, offers a diverse range of employment opportunities and includes a range of skills that are transferrable into many other industries.

Landscape or horticulture supervisors can be employed to oversee work in public parks and gardens, green spaces and historic gardens, private gardens and estates or in production nurseries and retail outlets.

Many businesses will have specialist activities, such as grounds maintenance (soft-landscape) or landscape construction (hard-landscape). Soft-landscaping includes the establishment and maintenance of plants and cultivated areas. Hard-landscaping includes establishment of hard surfaces and structures in addition to the establishment of plants in cultivated areas.

You will follow the pathway most relevant to your workplace.


Key Information

A landscape or horticulture supervisor can manage a site, supervise a team and maintain the health and safety and security of personnel and resources. Through your daily work with your employer and your training sessions with the college, you will learn the core content covering the generic requirements of this supervisory role including:

  • Supervising projects including project processes, planning and specification. Proactively solve practical problems by using experience and judgement to make decisions.
  • Ensuring customer needs are met by managing client’s expectations and requirements. Customers might include the public, commercial clients or private homeowners.
  • Working effectively in a team by applying effective time management, resource management and support effective team working.
  • Managing people effectively to ensure staff motivation, work prioritisation, problem-solving and resource deployment.
  • Implementing and maintaining a positive safety culture within a team, implementing safe systems of work and complying with relevant legislation.
  • Implementing environmental protection requirements.
  • Managing plant growth and development through effective care for plants in different environments, including irrigation, nutrition, pruning and identifying plant deficiencies.
  • Select, use and maintain tools, equipment and machinery, and oversee the training of other staff in the use of these.
  • Supervising vegetation control processes and methods of site clearance.
  • Cultivating and improving soils by mechanical methods and by hand, using soil analyse techniques and implementing corrective management regimes.
  • Identifying plant health and tree safety, and implementing appropriate corrective actions
  • Assessing and maintaining hard structures, and supervising the maintenance of structures.

For the landscape pathway the following are also required:

  • Supervise and manage the installation of landscape features to specified standard including enclosures, surfaces, structures and water features.
  • Interpret job specification and construction drawing including planning operations for implementation.
  • Proving accurate plans and estimations for projects, including scheduling, quantifying of human resources, materials and equipment.
  • Supervise the application of a range of landscape construction materials e.g. brick laying, paving, timber decking; construct horizontal surfaces and basic landforms.
  • Free hand cutting and bench cutting of hard landscape materials during construction using abrasive wheels.
  • Judge ability of team in skills and knowledge and know when limitations reached.
  • Assess and repair hard structures, providing accurate information to the customer.
  • Manage irrigation systems e.g. drip, sprinkler and rotary systems.

For the horticulture pathway the following are also required:

  • Applying the correct pruning and training techniques for a range of plants.
  • Planning and implement propagation using a variety of methods e.g. cuttings, seed, division
  • Supervising the maintenance, renovation and installation of ornamental turf areas.
  • Developing maintenance programmes for horticultural sites.
  • Scheduling work to protect features present such as irrigation, turf and aquatic environments.
  • Using and maintaining a range of irrigation systems e.g. drip, sprinkler and rotary systems to ensure accurate and timely water application.


You will also have to achieve the following qualifications:

  • Level 3 award in emergency first aid at work
  • Level 2 Awards in Safe Use of Pesticides

On successful completion of the training period, you will move through End Point Assessment Gateway and be in a position to undertake the assessments required in order to achieve your apprenticeship.

The End Point Assessment will only start once the employer is satisfied that you are consistently working at or above the level set out in the occupational standard, the pre-requisite gateway requirements have been met and that they can be evidenced to an End Point Assessment Organisation.

The End Point Assessor will be appointed by the EPAO and will be entirely independent to the college.

For this apprenticeship the End Point Assessment will include:

  • Knowledge exam
  • Practical assessment of tasks
  • Professional discussion
  • Supervisory Studies Project

Your apprenticeship will be graded Fail, Pass or Distinction.



The duration of the apprenticeship is based on a skills analysis and the development opportunities within the business.

The maximum duration for this apprenticeship training period is 36 months, with up to a further 6 months to undertake the End Point Assessment.


This could be reduced where an apprentice holds previous experience.

Individual employers will set their own selection criteria.

L3 Apprenticeship Standards require the Apprentice to have prior experience in the Sector and be working in a role with sufficient responsibility to enable them to demonstrate all of the Knowledge, Skills & Behaviours required.






You will have already achieved L1 (as a minimum) & L2 Maths & English, equivalent to GCSE Grade 4 (or old GCSE Grade C) or above. Where applicants do not already hold L2 Maths & English, they must demonstrate the ability to achieve these prior to enrolment.

Employers pay for apprenticeship training, where fees are applicable. We will discuss this with your employer when we complete a set-up with them.

The fees charged for the apprenticeship include any awarding body registration costs, all on-programme teaching, assessment and support delivered by the college, support materials, access to college facilities such as the Learning Resource Centre, Student Moodle, and access to wider college student support services where required.


Employers must pay apprentices at least the minimum rate set out by current National Minimum Wage Legislation. This includes payment for all off-job learning and any associated costs such as travel and accommodation.

Click here to find more information about the National Minimum Wage.

Employer involvement

Your employer must enable you to spend a minimum of 20% of your usual work hours undertaking off-job learning. This is defined as learning which is undertaken outside of the normal day-to-day working environment and leads towards the achievement of the apprenticeship. This can include training that is delivered at your normal place of work but must not be delivered as part of your normal working duties, and must be directly relevant to the apprenticeship standard.

Off-job learning could include the following:

  • Teaching of theory such as lectures, role playing, simulation exercises, online learning or manufacturer training
  • Practical training such as shadowing experienced staff or mentoring, industry visits and attendance at competitions
  • Study support and time spent writing assessments/assignments

Your employer must commit to supporting you in the workplace, participating in progress review meetings, providing use of ICT facilities so you can access your e-portfolio and agreeing/ensuring your readiness for the End Point Assessment. They may be required to provide further supporting evidence/endorsements about your performance, which form part of the End Point Assessment.

Further details of the End Point Assessment will be made available to you during your induction.

College input

We will support you through regular Apprenticeship Progress Review meetings with you and your manager, provide well planned vocational training and theory delivery by block release model and support your theory learning in the workplace with a range of learning materials.

This programme is delivered at our York Campus on Block-release.

How to apply

Applications should be made using the college application form or via the college website.

This form can be found at:

Upon receipt of your application you will have an interview with the Course Manager.

Further information

Further information is available on:

Landscape or horticulture supervisor / Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education

Or, for more information, contact the Apprenticeship Admin team on:

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