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Horticulture Extended Diploma Level 3 at Kingston Maurward College

Course description

This two year course is an ideal qualification for school leavers and mature students to learn horticulture at a higher level. It enables those who already have some experience to develop expertise in a wide range of subjects relevant to the industry.

Using our fantastic campus facilities, including a new state-of-the-art horticulture production unit (prospectus actually has "including a newly re-developed glasshouses" which doesn't actually make sense), you will gain a broad understanding in a range of horticultural subjects including applied plant science, turf management and garden design.

There will be opportunities to meet with industry experts and potential employers and to showcase your skills to local clients by becoming involved in College supported community and private projects. An Extended Diploma will attract 120-420 UCAS points and will enable you to continue on to Higher Education.

Course content

.Year 1: During the first year of this course you will complete the units for the Level 3 90 Credit Diploma in Horticulture.

Year 2 units include:

  • Horticultural skills and plant knowledge
  • Machinery operation
  • Applied plant science
  • Business and management
  • Garden design
  • Propagation skills
  • Undertaking an investigative project
  • Sustainable turf management
  • Garden history
  • Weekly work experience

Entry requirements

4 GCSEs at grades A*-C, including English and maths. Mature students lacking formal qualifications will be considered based on previous experience. You will be required to complete a work placement. Tetanus protection is recommended.

Financial information

Courses leading to a qualification are FREE for British citizens, aged under 19 years on 31 August in the academic year you start your course.* However, there may be some additional costs for clothing/kit and trips depending on your course.  You can apply to the Bursary Fund for extra help towards the cost of transport, food, equipment or childcare.

Materials required:

Basic stationery - pens, pencils, ruler and eraser, A4 lever arch files. Protective overalls, work gloves and steel toe-capped boots - all protective equipment will be inspected by the course instructor. Practical clothing suitable for the weather conditions necessary at all times. Polo shirts and sweatshirts are available for purchase at College.

Future opportunities

Specialist plant grower, Garden Designer, Gardener/Supervisor for heritage gardens and estates, Self–employed gardener in domestic settings, Landscape Manager.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Kingston Maurward College directly.

Last updated date: 28 April 2016
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