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Horticulture BTEC Level 3 at Shipley College

Course description

If you like working outdoors and have an interest in nature, this course is perfect for you.

Learn the practical horticultural skills required for a varied range of careers in the sector. Build up your knowledge and skills in landscape gardening and management as well as plant propagation and the care of trees.

You will learn hard landscape construction, select which plants to use and when to plant them and grow plants from seeds or cuttings through to the stage when they are ready to plant out.

The course is a mixture of classroom-based theory and practical hands-on experience with the focus on teaching you the skills needed to be a professional horticulturalist. You visit garden centres, public parks and gardens while work experience will help you develop your skills, confidence and knowledge of the industry.

Entry requirements

  • 4 GCSEs at grade A* - C (9 - 4), including English & maths. If you don’t have grade C (5-4) in both subjects, the minimum for the other is grade D (3).


  • A full Level 2 at PP grade or above with maths & English grades equivalent to those stated above.*
  • A keen interest in working outdoors and with plants.

*Students with grade D (3) in either English or maths will be expected to re-take that subject in Year 1. 

Future opportunities

You can progress on to the Level 3 Extended course or Degree level programmes. The course could lead to work in commercial horticulture, sports turf maintenance, botanic gardens, garden centres, nurseries, design, journalism, teaching/ training or running your own gardening or landscape construction business.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 06 February 2017
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