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Level 3 Horticulture


This course is suitable if you want to gain a broad knowledge of the many areas of horticulture or for those who have studied at Level 2 and want to build on their skills.


The course is an exciting combination of practical and theory work, both of which will provide you with the skills to enter any aspect of the industry. The course can also lead to degree level study or a career in an entry level management position. The course content offers a professional level of knowledge and understanding of modern horticulture combined with hands-on practical skills. In one year learners will achieve the 90 credit diploma before returning for the final year to complete an Extended Diploma.

The central subjects covered over the two years may include plant and soil science, plant identification and use, amenity turf, machinery use and maintenance, estate skills, tree and shrub pruning, establising exterior plant displays, plant propagation, site surveys, timber construction, wall restoration and construction, landscape and garden design, landscape construction and project management. In total there are 18 units mainly assessed by written and practical assessments.

This course is also available as a 19+ programme for study in one year as an access to HE route, or to build skills relevant to working in the Horticulture industry.

Entry Requirements

Usually at least 4 GCSEs at grade C or above (new GCSE grading levels 4 to 9) to include any 2 from English, Maths and Science with at least a grade D in the remaining subject. Alternatively a suitable Level 2 vocational qualification (Merit or above) with English and Maths at Level 2

Further Study

Normally four GCSEs at grade C or above (which should ideally include English, Maths and Science as applicable to the individual course), or an equivalent Level 2 qualification at a suitable grade.

Newton Rigg College,
CA11 0AH
01768 893400