Level 3 Diplomas in


Leading to an Extended Diploma, Diploma or Subsidiary Diploma

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.

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

Student Profile
Rick Tomlinson

Current job role: Senior Landscape Manager with The Environment Partnership

Previous courses: Foundation Degree Garden and Landscape Design; BSc Landscape Design and Management; MSc Landscape Architecture; Chartered Member of the Landscape Institute

“The horticulture industry is incredibly varied and as a landscape manager I work across many different disciplines. My job is very interesting as I work with corporate clients, large developers and government departments. About half of my job is office based preparing reports and the rest of the time I’m out on-site or at meetings.”