Level 3 Diplomas in

Horticulture

Leading to an Extended Diploma or Subsidiary Diploma

Depending on your previous qualifications, you could opt to study either an Extended Diploma or Subsidiary Diploma in Horticulture. For more information on Level 3 Diplomas visit our choosing the right course for you page. You can find out more about each study option using the tabs below.

If you’re interested in broadening your knowledge of garden design and landscaping or in the business of growing ornamental plants, fruits or vegetables, this course is the right one for you.

Specialist staff will help you gain a broad spectrum of practical horticultural techniques and skills. Following this course you’ll be well placed for a career in the industry or for progression into higher and degree level study.

Extended Diploma

What will I study?

  • Plant and soil science
  • Business management
  • Machinery operations
  • Horticultural production
  • Decorative landscape features
  • Interior planting
  • Turf in parks and gardens
  • Plant identification
  • Functional Skills or GCSE in English and Maths depending on previous qualifications

How long will it take?

  • 2 years, full-time

What qualifications do I need to start?

What qualifications will I gain?

Course options after this programme

Career options

  • Green keeper or groundsperson
  • Landscape business
  • National Trust / private garden
  • Retail manager / supervisor
  • Sales and marketing
  • Soil analyst
  • Agronomist
Subsidiary

What will I study?

  • Plant and soil science
  • Business management
  • Machinery operations
  • Horticultural production
  • Decorative landscape features
  • Interior planting
  • Turf in parks and gardens
  • Plant identification
  • 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?

  • A combination of GCSEs at grade C/D/E
  • Career changers welcome

What qualifications will I gain?

Course options after this programme

  • Level 3 course in Horticulture
  • RHS Level 3 Certificate in Horticulture (Part-time)

Career options

  • Green keeper or groundsperson
  • Landscape business
  • National Trust / private garden
  • Retail manager / supervisor
  • Sales and marketing
  • Soil analyst
  • Agronomist
Useful information

How much will this course cost?

If you are under 19 on 31st August 2018 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.

Transport

Our college buses pick up over 1,400 students each day from a wide area. From September 2018 all college bus routes to Reaseheath will be FREE. To find a bus route near you visit the transport pages on our website.

Accommodation

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.

Student Profile
Matt Beesley

Ambition: Professional landscaper

School: Hartford High School

Age: 22

A talented and ambitious landscape gardener, Matt topped off a busy season running his own successful company, Beesleys Landscapes, by achieving a gold medal at RHS Flower Show Tatton Park.

No stranger to the limelight, he represented Team UK at the WorldSkills fi nal in Sao Paulo in 2015, bringing home a silver medal – Britain’s fi rst ever landscaping award in the global competition for young professionals.

Matt, who completed his qualification with us in 2012 and now employs apprentices among his staff .

He says: “Landscape gardening is a growing industry and there are so many opportunities if you’re keen and willing to work hard.”