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RHS Practical Horticulture

RHS Certificate Level 3

Study mode Part time
Location Moulton
Level Level 3
Start date 21 September 2021
Duration 1 year

Our Level 3 Certificate in Practical Horticulture is a practical qualification which provides you with a route to employment in professional horticulture. It assesses a range of essential horticultural skills, and supports career development for those already working in the profession. It also provides a foundation for further training in the field of horticulture.

This course is highly regarded by employers in the Horticultural Industry and will offer you the best qualification to support career development including supervisory and managerial roles.

Our horticulture students have access to an exciting range of resources at College including our fully equipped glasshouse and laboratory facilities, small scale gardens and an extensive estate.

Qualification structure includes mandatory units and an optional unit to develop specialist skills.

Mandatory units:

  • Collecting and testing soil samples and specifying adjustments for horticulture
  • Collecting, preparing and propagating from seed.
  • Establishing and maintaining a range of plant types and forms
  • Identification of a range of common garden plants, weeds, pests, diseases and disorders.

Optional units [choose one]:

  • Planning, collecting, preparing and establishing propagation material.
  • Management of green spaces, landscaped areas and ornamental Gardens.

The tuition fee for this course is £1,300.00

The exam fees for this course are £150.00

To secure your place on this course a non-refundable deposit must be paid. For further information including price and how to pay please contact our student services team on 01604 491 131.

You will need to wear work trousers, a plain polo shirt, work boots and garden gloves. You will also need a sun hat for the summer months and a warm waterproof coat for winter.

This course will take place on Tuesday, starting at 09:30am and finishing at 3:30pm.

Each unit is assessed through a range of set practical activities. Written reports and short written tests as well as plant identification tests.

Progression onto Level 4 courses in Horticulture. You will have gained a range of horticultural knowledge relevant to employment in various roles in commercial plant production and the horticultural sector, such as a head gardener or supervisor in private, public, or botanic gardens or parks and urban green spaces.

There are no formal entry requirements for this course however it is strongly recommended that students have obtained their RHS Level 2 Certificate in Practical horticulture or equivalent before the start of the course.

This course is a stand-alone qualification, which can be achieved and certified separately. However, it also forms one third of the RHS Level 3 Diploma in the Principles and Practice of Horticulture.

For more information about the Royal Horticultural Society please visit their website.


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