Level 3 Technical Qualification in Horticulture


Hadlow Campus

Start Date


This course covers a wide range of Horticultural subjects and is aimed at four distinct careers paths within the Horticultural industry; production horticulture, garden design, hard and soft landscaping and garden amenity maintenance. On completion of the course the students will have the knowledge and skills to start their own garden maintenance company, undertake site surveying and garden design briefs for clients, grow a variety of crops in a commercial situation for clients/garden centres and to landscape clients’ gardens from building walls, nurseries, concreting, raised beds, fencing and paving.

The following are examples of some of the topics students can expect to study within the course:

Year 1

• Professional working responsibilities
• Plant and soil science
• Work experience
• Plant identification
• Routine plant management
• Estates skills
• Plant propagation activities
• Functional skills/GCSE - English and maths

Year 2

• Horticulture business project
• Turf parks and gardens
• Work experience
• Landscape and garden design
• Land-based machinery and operations
• Production techniques - indoor and outdoor
• Site surveying, levelling and setting out and horizontal landscape surfaces
• Functional skills/GCSE - English and maths

This course consists of a range of practical and written assessments and a number of work logs. Examples of practical assessments are tree planting, building walls and fences, laying concrete, growing plants from a range of cuttings and driving machinery. Examples of written assessments are drawing designs for gardens and essays on why we use Latin in plant naming and work logs on work experience.

On completion of this qualification you will have the knowledge and skills to enter a highly sort after industry. Former students have set up their own garden maintenance companies, worked as grounds people for sporting venues, are working for local councils in parks and gardens, or are working in a commercial nursery or garden centre. This qualification will allow you to progress onto our higher education here at Hadlow, whether that is a garden design or commercial horticulture degree.

Steel toe capped waterproof boots, gloves, secateurs, appropriate outdoor all weather clothing and Hadlow Horticultural livery.
Advanced Learner Loan

    Hadlow Campus

  • 2 Years

    Full time

  • free for 16-18 year olds

  • 19+ FEES


  • Awarding body

    City & Guilds of London Institute

Entry requirements

You will need a minimum of five GCSEs grades A*-C / 9-4 or equivalent (Level 2 Diploma), which must include GCSEs in English AND maths A*-C / 9-4 Grade.

For those students who achieve four GCSEs A*-C/9-4, there is the option of a one year Diploma. Achievement of this at Merit or Distinction will allow progression onto the second year.