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).



C&G Level 3 Advanced Technical Extended Diploma in Horticulture 1080

Course Content

Health and Safety & work related experience
Plant knowledge and identification
Estate skills, 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
Business management in the land based sector
Undertake a specialist project in the land based sector
Construct horizontal landscape surfaces

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

Degree courses in Horticulture RHS Level 3 Certificate in Practical Horticulture

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
07-Sep-20 25-Jun-21 9.15 a.m. 4.45 p.m. Full time Mon, Wed, Thu, 70
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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