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Horticulture- Level 3 Advanced Technical Extended Diploma - Stanmer at Plumpton College

Course description

Building on the knowledge you've gained on your Level 2 course, this subject will help you to develop your training and education in a wide range of horticulture skills.

The aim of the course is to provide you with all of the skills you need to progress in work. It's ideal if you're looking to go on to Higher Education or if you want to go into a supervisory role. You'll be able to choose from a range of units to meet the particular area of horticulture that you plan to work in. 

Course content

Course content 

You can look forward to a varied programme of modules that also includes a work placement. You'll also continue your English and Maths up to GCSE level. Modules include: 

  • Amenity turf care
  • Care, management and propagation of plants
  • Garden design and business practices
  • Nursery stock and heritage garden management
  • Tree and shrub pruning and maintenance. 

Entry requirements


  • You'll need to have achieved 4 or more GCSEs between grade A-C (new grades 9-4) including English, Maths and a Science
  • Successful completion of a related Level 2 course
  • Mature students without the above requirements will be considered. 

Financial information

Tuition Fee:

  • 16-18 exempt

Assessment Fee:

  • 16-18 exempt


For students aged 19 plus please contact Admissions for further fee information:

01273 892082

Future opportunities

Future Opportunities

By completing this course, you'll be able to go on to study a Foundation degree or into a supervisory role in the workplace. Some of the areas you may choose to follow could include amenity maintenance, garden design, hard landscaping or nursery production.

Further information

Course duration is 3 days per week for 2 years. 


If you're thinking of horticulture, Plumpton is one of the finest locations for you to enjoy developing your creativity We've got the amazing backdrop of the South Downs just waiting for you to discover. Our extensively planted areas make sure that you get the chance to gain a broad experience in plant identification and plant maintenance. You'll be able to experience our endangered plant collections of Black Poplars and National Collection of Hebes, plus our connection with Kew Gardens and the endangered plant network. you'll be able to use our large area under glass which means that you'll be able to grow plants all your round to a commercial level. We also have a large landscaping centre where you'll be able to develop your brickwork and paving. 

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 23 January 2018
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    • The facilities are within the grounds of the park and include classrooms with access to a library, glasshouses, polythene tunnels, an extensive range of demonstration plots, specialist features including lawns, ponds, decorative areas and vegetable plots.

      A planted  Palm House, which was originally part of Brighton Parks resource provides a superb site for a range of half hardy plant material and  associated plant identification.

      A laboratory and tissue culture facility is also available where the micropropagation of a  range of plants is carried out thus showing and allowing students to participate in the raising of difficult  to grow plants.

      Courses cater for both full-time and part time provision with a range of both vocational and amateur programmes available.

      An increasing range of land based  courses is available at the centre with increased provision for 16-18yr olds and school groups.

      Free Taster course are available on three occasions throughout the year aimed at yrs 9, 10 and 11 students offering a range of practical skills in an exciting day for those wishing to see what horticulture can offer as a vocation.