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Horticulture City and Guilds Level 3 90 Credit Diploma at Guildford College

Course description

This qualification provides a route to employment in professional horticulture by developing essential horticultural skills and assessing knowledge of the principles underpinning horticultural practices and supports career developments for those already working in the profession.

Practical instruction is carried out by highly qualified tutors in the extensive ornamental grounds, plant nursery, woodlands and sports turf areas at the College, using both hand tools and modern machinery and equipment.

Merrist Wood has developed a considerable reputation for horticulture and for its award-winning gardens designed and built at RHS Flower Shows.

The diverse range of plants in the College’s 280 hectare estate, together with purpose-designed buildings, including lecture rooms, laboratories, library facilities and computer suites, all provide an ideal environment for horticulture students.

The course is suitable for anyone looking for a route to employment in professional horticulture or those already working in the profession wanting to develop their career. The course also provides a foundation for further horticultural training.

Course content

  • Principles of plant science
  • Principles of soil science
  • Work related experience in the land-based industries
  • Machinery operations
  • Establish and manage exterior displays
  • Turf establishment and maintenance
  • Design principles
  • Estate skills
  • Plant propagation
  • Plant identification

Entry requirements

4 GCSEs at grades A* - C including Maths, English and a Science, or a Level 2 Qualification in Horticulture at Merit or above, or appropriate industry experience.



Practical skills tests, written assignments and assessments, plant identification tests and design project.


Future opportunities

You could progree to the Horticulture Level 3 Extended Diploma

Further information

You will need to spend at least 4 hours per week to complete regular assessments and the required course work to pass this course. 

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 20 June 2016
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