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BTEC in Horticulture Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma at St Paul's Catholic School

Course description

Horticulture is a diverse and dynamic industry that encompasses both the commercial production of fruit, vegetables, flowers and ornamental plants and the design, establishment and maintenance of our parks and gardens, leisure and sport facilities, open spaces and managed landscapes.

Horticulture is now a worldwide business spanning a range of commercial and charitable interests including large multinational companies and smaller entrepreneurial organisations, Local Authorities and National Trusts. At home and abroad, British trained horticulturists are always in demand.

Course content

You will cover business management in the land-based sector and you will come to understand the principles of plant and soil science. You will undertake land-based machinery operations (including tractor driving!!). You will learn how to establish and manage exterior plant displays, manage plant propagation and manage winter and summer sports turf surface.

There is also the opportunity to undertake work experiences and integrate any horticultural base work/part time job into the course.

Entry requirements

3 or 4 GCSE grades A* - C or equivalent.



Future opportunities

You will be well equipped to find full time employment or an apprenticeship. Career options include management positions in local authority parks, public/historic gardens, country parks, botanic gardens, national parks, nurseries and garden centres.

Graduates in horticulture may also find employment in specialist positions such as arboriculture, landscape design, environmental management, landscape reclamation, restoration of historic gardens and landscapes and the media (including TV).

There is a wide range of courses available once you have completed your Subsidiary Diploma in Horticulture including BSc (Hons) and foundation degrees.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Paul's Catholic School directly.

Last updated date: 10 June 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years