Course Title: Level 3 Extended Diploma in Horticulture
Course Code: HR222

Department: Horticulture
Course Type: Full time

This two year course is equivalent to 3 A Levels and 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 newly re-developed glasshouses, 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.

The qualification is supported by: The Horticultural Trades Association (HTA), The Greenkeepers Training Committee (GTC) and British Association of Landscape Industries (BALI).


Course Content

Year 1:
Plant propagation – glasshouse and nursery techniques
Principles and practices of garden design
Principles of plant health and protection
Plant and soil science
Decorative horticulture, including plant establishment & pruning
Horticulture production
Hard landscape construction
Horticultural machinery and operation
Maintain turf in parks and gardens
Plant knowledge and identification

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

Next Steps

Degree courses in Horticulture 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.

Dates & Fees

Start Date End Date Start Time End Time Mode of Attendance Days of the Week No of sessions
10-Sep-19 25-Jun-21 9.15 a.m. 4.45 p.m. Full time Tue, Thu, Fri 70
Total Fee Full Cost Total Fee 19-23 Total Fee 24+

Location & Contact Details


Kingston Maurward College Main Campus | Directions


Course Helpline 01305 215215

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Materials Required

Basic stationery - pens, pencils, ruler and eraser, A4 lever arch files. Protective overalls, work gloves and steel toe-capped boots - all protective equipment will be inspected by the course instructor. Practical clothing suitable for the weather conditions necessary at all times. Polo shirts and sweatshirts are available for purchase at College.


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