Course Title: Level 3 Diploma in Horticulture
Course Code: HR221

Department: Horticulture
Course Type: Full time

Employers are looking for people with practical skills and in-depth knowledge of plants, soils, landscaping and design, plus a sound business sense. This one year course, equivalent to 1 and a half A Levels, will help you establish an all round understanding of horticultural principles and practices whilst working and learning in the Grade 2 listed Kingston Maurward gardens.

It is suitable for anyone interested in a career working within the ‘green’ industries and would appeal to people with many different skill sets and interests – creative, scientific, energetic and entrepreneurial. You will also benefit from work experience where you will make essential contacts within the horticultural industry and perfect your knowledge.



C&G Level 3 Advanced Technical Diploma in Horticulture 540

Course Content

Health and Safety & work related experience
Plant knowledge and identification
Machinery use and operation
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

Entry Requirements

4 GCSEs at grade 4/5 or above, including English, maths and a science OR a relevant Level 2 Certificate at Distinction level OR an Apprenticeship in horticulture with good levels of maths and English. 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 written work is required.

Next Steps

Advanced Apprenticeship in Horticulture

Career Opportunities

Horticultural technician, garden designer, gardener – supervisor in heritage and private gardens, self employed gardener, greenkeeper or groundsperson, horticultural garden centre worker/manager, landscape manager, landscaper or landscape architect.

Dates & Fees

Start Date End Date Start Time End Time Mode of Attendance Days of the Week No of sessions
07-Sep-20 25-Jun-21 9.15 a.m. 4.45 p.m. Full time Mon, Wed, Thu 35
Total Fee Full Cost Total Fee 19-23 Total Fee 24+

Additional Costs

Contribution towards day trips.

Location & Contact Details


Kingston Maurward College Main Campus | Directions


Course Helpline 01305 215215

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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 Hi-vis yellow vest Tetanus protection is recommended All protective equipment will be inspected by the Course Manager


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