Level 3 Extended Diploma in

Heritage Horticulture

This programme is a unique partnership between Reaseheath College and Cheshire Gardens of Distinction and is aimed at those looking to work in Heritage Parks and Gardens/Landscape Management sector.

You will study underpinning theory whilst developing your practical horticulture skills. You will also benefit from an extended work placement of up to 300 hours in a famous heritage park or garden.

You will be based at Reaseheath College for three days a week over two years and spend the rest of your time completing your work placement, developing both the skills and knowledge to support career progression and employment.

Equivalent to 3 A Levels, this qualification is suitable for 16-18 year old learners who have achieved GCSE passes in English and Maths as well as 19-23 year olds who do not have an existing Level 3 qualification.

Extended Diploma

What will I study?

Year 1:

  • Plant Science
  • Soil Science
  • Work Related Experience
  • Business Management
  • Land-Based Machinery Operations
  • Construct Horizontal Landscape Surfaces
  • Undertake Tree and Shrub Pruning and Maintenance
  • Maintain Turf in Parks and Gardens
  • Establish and Manage Exterior Plant Displays
  • Identification, Selection and use of Ornamental Plants

Year 2:

  • Investigative Project in the Land-Based Sector
  • Site Surveying, Levelling and Setting Out
  • Horticultural Production Techniques- Protected
  • Prepare Landscape and Garden Design Briefs
  • [rinciples and practices of landscape and garden design
  • Manage Heritage Gardens and Arboreta
  • Understand Historical Influences on the Development of Gardens
  • Estate Skills
  • Identification, Planting and Care of Trees
  • 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

  • Head gardener
  • Garden curator
  • Estates manager
  • Craftsperson gardener
  • Kitchen gardener
  • Production operative
  • Garden designer / landscape
Why study with us

We have a reputation for producing high quality garden designers and landscape managers, with students entering their designs for shows and events such as the RHS Tatton Flower Show, resulting in innovative medal winning designs. Our students have won 2 Best in Show, 4 Gold, 8 Silver Gilt and 4 Silver awards over the last 10 years for their RHS medal winning show gardens.

Students will have access to a range of facilities including:

  • Extensive glasshouses
  • Landscape training workshop
  • Plan collection throughout college gardens

Typical employers:

  • Heritage parks and gardens
  • Publicly and privately owned gardens
  • Commercial landscaping companies
  • Local authorities
  • Nurseries and garden centres
  • Commercial growers
Additional qualifications

Alongside your studies you will also complete additional qualifications:

  • Reaseheath Certificate in Health and Safety
  • Reaseheath Certificate in First Aid
  • Reaseheath Certificate in Employability Skills
Useful information

How much will this course cost?

If you are under 19 on 31st August 2019 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 bus service collects over 1,400 students every day from far and wide. What’s more, getting to Reaseheath is FREE* on all college bus routes. To find a bus route near you visit the transport pages on our website.


At Reaseheath we have on-site residential accommodation for up to 1,000 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.

Frequently Asked Questions

You can find out more information about this course on our FAQs page.

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