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Gardening Level 3 Diploma at Bath College

Course description

This course has been designed to develop the skills and knowledge that will equip you to work in the gardening horticultural industry. You will learn plant and soil science, how to manage plant propagation activities, how to manage exterior plant displays, how to maintain turf in parks and gardens and understand principles and practices of landscape and garden design. All work is carried out following organic and sustainable principles whenever appropriate.

Course content

Plant Science 

  • The function of plant structures
  • The main processes of plant physiology
  • Understand plant growth and development


Soil Science

  • Be able to investigate soil characteristics
  • How soil characteristics affect plant growth and development
  • How soil characteristics affect plant selection


Manage plant propagation activities

  • Develop propagation schedules
  • Be able to manage vegetative propagation
  • Be able to manage seed propagation
  • Manage the aftercare of propagated plants
  • Understand seed treatments and supply


Understand The Principles Of Organic Crop Production

  • The principles of organic crop production
  • The importance of soil fertility in an organic system
  • Growing methods and markets for organic crops
  • Pest, disease and weed management in organic systems


Establish And Manage Exterior Plant Displays

  • Plan and establish annual and herbaceous plant displays outdoors
  • Plan, establish and maintain plants in outdoor containers
  • The selection and use of plants in temporary and permanent outdoor displays
  • The establishment and maintenance of rose gardens
  • Manage the establishment and maintenance of trees and shrubs

Understand Historical Influences On The Development Of Gardens

  • Understand the styles of gardens through history
  • Be able to use historical data to influence current plans
  • Understand British gardens
  • Understand the introduction of plants into the UK


Undertake Identification, Selection And Use Of Ornamental Plants

  • Be able to identify plants
  • Understand the factors that affect the selection of plants
  • Be able to prepare ornamental planting designs
  • Understand the planting of trees and shrubs
  • The aftercare requirements of ornamental plants


Maintain Turf In Parks And Gardens

  • Factors affecting the maintenance of established fine and coarse turf
  • Maintain grassed areas
  • Repair and renovate grassed areas
  • Prepare an annual maintenance programme for a high quality turf area
  • Wildflower meadows and low maintenance swards


Understand the Principles and Practices of Landscape and Garden Design

  • Elements and principles of design as they relate to landscape and garden design
  • Produce landscape and garden design plans
  • Understand the production of concept plans
  • Produce a range of plans and visualisations
  • The production and delivery of presentation plans and visualisations to the client


Understand and carry out identification, planting and care of trees

* Be able to identify trees and shrubs

* Understand the site and establishment requirements of trees

* Be able to plant trees and shrubs

* Understand the planting of trees and shrubs

* Know the aftercare requirements of trees and shrubs

Entry requirements

The level 3 requires a grade C in GCSE English, maths, science and at least one other GCSE or Level 2 Gardening at Merit or above and GCSE English and maths.


The course is assessed using primarily written assignments to assess the students understanding of each area of study (Underpinning Knowledge). There will be appropriate practical tasks on some of the units, but not all.


Unit Grading – each unit contains a series of tasks which may be graded as PASS/FAIL or PASS, MERIT, DISTINCTION. The task grades are then averaged to give a Unit grade (Pass, Merit or Distinction).


At the end of the course, all the Unit grades are averaged to give an overall qualification grade at Pass, Merit or Distinction.

Future opportunities

After successful completion of this course you can continue your studies in higher education or go on to employment in the Horticulture sector. This could include working as a landscaper, parks operative or employment in garden design and maintenance, and garden centres.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 03 February 2016

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