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Horticulture Level 3


This course offers the most comprehensive introduction to the many aspects of horticulture compared to all other horticulture courses we have on offer. The practical elements cover about 40% of the course and the theoretical elements about 60%. Examples of subjects taught are Plant Identification, Propagation, Turf, Garden Design, Business, Pruning, Hard-landscaping and Soil Science. The depth of this knowledge will allow candidates to access employment in the sector or to progress onto a degree course as this qualification is fully equivalent to A-levels.


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 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 work.

Unique Selling Points

  • Excellent employment opportunities.
  • Offers a thorough foundation in all aspects of horticulture.
  • Exposure to high profile events and shows during the course.
  • Mix of practical and theory elements.

Career pathways

  • Plant nursery work
  • Landscaper
  • Garden designer
  • Garden centres
  • Soil analysis laboratories
  • Agronomist
  • Garden consultant
  • Botanic research
  • Plant breeder
  • Garden maintenance business
  • Sport turf surfaces
  • Conservationist
  • Work in private estates or charities

Entry Requirements

At least 4 GCSEs at grade 4  (old grade C) or above, ideally including maths, English and science. Alternatively a suitable Level 2 vocational qualification at Merit or above and maths and English at Level 2.

Further Study

Students who successfully complete this course could progress onto studies for a higher education qualification such as a Foundation Degree in Horticulture, Landscape and Garden Management, Sports Surface Management or Arboriculture, then onto a top up BSc Hons Degree in Applied Horticulture.

Askham Bryan College,
Askham Bryan,
YO23 3FR
01904 772277