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.

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