Level 3 90 Credit Diploma in

Horticulture (Plant Production)

You should consider this course if you’re interested in the commercial side of growing ornamental plants and crops.

You’ll explore plant propagation and cultivation in our state-of-the-art commercial production unit, giving you the knowledge to produce fruit and vegetables or ornamental plants on a large scale.

Combining scientific methods with practical skills, this industry suits the technically minded as well as the business entrepreneur.

Course includes

What will I study?

  • Principles of plant science
  • Principles of soil science
  • Work experience
  • Investigative project
  • Advanced nursery stock production
  • Production techniques – outdoors
  • Production techniques – protected
  • Plant health and protection
  • Organic crop production
  • Machinery operations
  • Functional Skills or GCSE in English and Maths depending on previous qualifications

How long will it take?

  • 1 year, full-time

What qualifications do I need to start?

What qualifications will I gain?

Course options after this programme

  • Progress onto the second year of the Level 3 Extended Diploma in Horticulture

Career options

  • Nursery stock producer
  • Grower
Useful information

How much will this course cost?

If you are under 19 on 31st August 2017 the tuition fees and exam costs are free for our courses. If you are aged 19 or over you may have to pay a fee.

You may also be required to pay costs associated with study tours or additional qualifications.

For more information on fees and to find out about what financial support may be available to you visit the student finance pages on our website.


Our college buses pick up over 1,000 students each day from a wide area. The cost of daily transport is subsidised if travelling on the College bus service. To find out the cost of transport and a bus route near you visit the transport pages on our website.


At Reaseheath we have on-site residential accommodation for 785 students. If you are aged over 16 and studying on a full-time course you may apply for a residential place. Visit the accommodation pages on our website for more information.

How do I apply?

If you have found a course you are interested in and are in Year 11 or above you can apply now online. For a step by step guide on the application process visit the how to apply pages on our website.