Level 3 Advanced Technical Extended Diploma in Horticulture

This two year course provides you with a comprehensive range of specialist technical practical skills and academic knowledge which will allow you to kick start your career in the horticulture industry. Whether an assistant gardener or head gardener role, running your own business or furthering your horticultural education and training from a level 2, this advanced level course has all the elements you need to continue on your horticultural journey.

The course is assessed through both written and practical projects, and by examination. As part of the course you will embark on vocational work experience of your choice through an industry placement, providing invaluable experience as part of your studies enabling you to be career ready at the end of the course .

What will I study?

  • Plant and soil science
  • Business management
  • Estate Skills and Machinery operations
  • Horticultural production
  • Decorative landscape features
  • Interior planting
  • Plant identification
  • Plant propagation
  • Pests and Diseases
  • Tree and shrub planting
  • Ecology
  • Undertake and investigative project in the land-based sector
  • Undertake and review work related experience in land-based industries

How long will it take?

  • 2 years, full-time

What qualifications do I need to start?

  • Typically 4 GCSEs at grade 4 (including Maths and English an a science related subject), or
  • Level 2 Diploma in Horticulture merit/distinction
  • Career changers welcome

What qualifications will I gain?

  • Level 3 Advanced Technical Extended Diploma in Horticulture

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

Job title: Assistant grower at plant nursery

“I was going to study for a degree but decided the university route wasn’t for me. I found my niche while working in a plant nursery and felt a horticultural qualification would help me progress. Reaseheath was very accommodating and I completed my course in one year.

“I got my job offer through my work placement and my lecturers helped me gain my spraying and forklift licences. I’m helping to raise plants to sell on to garden centres. It’s an opportunity to learn from an experienced grower and a very good starting point.

“The horticultural industry is very exciting, with many opportunities across the sector. My course prepared me well because it offered both practical and academic sessions, from advanced technology in the glasshouses to turfing, block work and building design.”