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Horticulture/Landscaping Level 3 90 Credit Diploma at Warwickshire College Group

Course description

The horticulture industry offers a wide range of opportunities, careers and enterprise activities for skilled, dynamic and creative students to fulfil their potential within a demanding and expanding sector. Teaching and learning will take place within the excellent college grounds and off site in public and private residences. 

The level 3 course provides the opportunity for students to gain experience, knowledge and qualifications within specific pathways of the industry. The pathways will focus on amenity horticulture (maintenance and establishment of parks and playing fields), production horticulture, (working in fruit or vegetable production), design and landscape (designing gardens and building) and retail.

Course content

The course is divided up into units which are assessed by course work, a combination of examinations, assignments and practical work. Typical units studied include (not all these will be covered):

Garden Design and Landscape

  • Principles of plant and soil science
  • Plant propagation
  • Machinery operations
  • Principles of garden design
  • Landscape construction
  • Estate Skills
  • Machinery Operation

Crop and Food Production

  • Principles of plant and soil science
  • Plant propagation
  • Machinery operations
  • Crop production
  • Organic principles

Garden Centre and Retail

  • Plant propagation
  • Machinery operations
  • Plant displays
  • Nursery operations
  • Retail merchandising

Sports Turf

  • Principles of plant and soil science
  • Machinery operations
  • Turf care and repair
  • Contract management

Entry requirements

Five GCSEs at grade C or above, to include English Language, Maths and Science, or successful completion of a Level 2 qualification at a merit grade overall, together with a tutor's recommendation.  Experienced students may be considered without the above.


The course has assessments each week and projects run throughout the year, so successful students have to be committed and willing to put in some hours of work at home.  On average, it is expected that 5 hours of private study would be required.

Future opportunities


Employment prospects in a range of horticulture related fields.  The horticulture industry is one of the largest industries in the UK and offers a wide range of job opportunities such as head gardener, grower, researcher or landscape contractor.


Progression onto a Level 3 Extended Diploma course or an Apprenticeship.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 19 January 2017
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