Course Title: Level 3 – Extended Diploma in Horticulture
Course Code: HR205

Department: Horticulture
Course Type: Full time

This two year course 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 a new state-of-the-art horticulture production unit (prospectus actually has "including a newly re-developed glasshouses" which doesn't actually make sense), you will gain a broad understanding in a range of horticultural subjects including applied plant science, turf management and garden design.

There will be 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. An Extended Diploma will attract 120-420 UCAS points and will enable you to continue on to Higher Education.



Extended Diploma in Horticulture (QCF)

Course Content

Year 1: During the first year of this course you will complete the units for the Level 3 90 Credit Diploma in Horticulture.

Year 2 units include:
Horticultural skills and plant knowledge
Machinery operation
Applied plant science
Business and management
Garden design
Propagation skills
Undertaking an investigative project
Sustainable turf management
Garden history
Weekly work experience.

Entry Requirements

4 GCSEs at grades A*-C, including English and maths. Mature students lacking formal qualifications will be considered based on previous experience. You will be required to complete a work placement. Tetanus protection is recommended.

Next Steps

Higher Education RHS Level 3 Certificate in Practical Horticulture (part time - HR141) NPTC mandatory certificates, e.g. for spraying or chainsaw use

Career Opportunities

Specialist plant grower Garden Designer Gardener/Supervisor for heritage gardens and estates Self–employed gardener in domestic settings Landscape Manager