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Horticulture Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship at Northumberland College

Course description

This qualification is part of the Apprenticeship in Horticulture. An Apprenticeship is an excellent way to earn money whilst gaining hands on practical work experience. It is a work-related, competence-based qualification, and is designed for someone in work or who wishes to progress into work. It reflects the skills and knowledge needed to do a job effectively, and shows that you are competent in the area of work the qualification represents. At level 3 we would expect that you've worked in the horticulture industry for some time you have plenty of experience, and you might already supervise others or manage an area of land. You want to demonstrate your skills, perhaps to move into a more senior role or move on to further study. The qualification allows you to combine working for a Horticulture business, such as a Landscape company or a Golf Course or a similar job and typically involves you attending one day a week at College.

Course content

This qualification covers a very wide range of areas related to the skills and knowledge required for working in the Horticultural industry. All learners will cover the mandatory core units of Health and Safety, Estimating Resource Requirements, Managing Your Own Resources and Controlling and Managing Pests, Diseases and Disorders. You can then take optional units that are relevant to your chosen area of interest in , Parks, Gardens and Green Spaces, Production Horticulture, Landscaping, Sports Turf (Greenkeeper) or Sports Turf (Groundsman). Optional units could include Specify the Maintenance of Landscapes, Plan and Maintain Planted Areas, Plan the Maintenance and Repair of Sports Surfaces, Design Landscape Areas, Propagating Plants, Managing Volunteers and Working With the Community. The choice of optional units will reflect the work environment that you are in, and the type of role that you are carrying out - we can tailor your qualification towards your chosen career pathway.

Entry requirements

There are no specific prior achievements required to take this qualification, but a Level 2 or another Level 3 qualification in Horticulture or other Land-based related subjects could be an advantage. You need to be 16 years old or over to take this qualification.


Your progress will be assessed by a combination of written work and practical skills. The training is delivered by a combination of college attendance on a weekly day release basis and workplace assessment. Your tutor and assessor will work with you to put together a portfolio of work completed.

Future opportunities

This qualification could lead to jobs such as: - Horticultural Technician - Garden Designer - Gardener - Greenkeeper - Groundsman - Horticultural Garden Centre Worker/Manager - Landscape Manager - Landscaper

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 16 May 2016

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    • Kirkley Hall is a stunning rural campus and a great environment to study in with specialist resources to meet the needs of our students. Combine this with our team of experience and highly skilled staff and you will see that a successful future will be yours.

      The college campus in Ponteland is approximately 8 miles from Newcastle city centre and is easily accessible by bus or car, so you can enjoy the best of city and rural life.

      You will benefit from excellent facilities that are of industry standard so you'll be prepared for your future career. Facilities include:

      • A 17th century rural estate with and grade II listed Kirkley Hall
      • An equestrian centre with indoor and outdoor riding arenas, 25 horse stable yard and specialist equine facilities
      • Kirkley Hall Zoological Gardens with over 120 species
      • A veterinary centre and grooming parlour
      • An outdoor activity centre with high ropes and zip wire and sailing base at Blyth
      • Two farms; one at Kirkley and one in the Coquet Valley
      • Victorian walled gardens, over 1,330m2 of greenhouses and a garden design studio
      • Cyber Café
      • A Learning Resource Centre devoted to the land-based sector which includes a range of learning materials, an IT suite and quiet study areas
      • Halls of residence facilities