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Level 3 Diplomas in Horticulture

Horticulture and Garden Design
Horticulture and Garden Design
Horticulture and Garden Design

Establishing an all-round understanding of horticultural principles and practices, this course is ideal for students who wish to change career or, after completion of the course, enter higher education. You will benefit from comprehensive theoretical and practical training in horticulture. This will provide you with practical skills, an in-depth knowledge of plants, soils, landscaping and design.

Course Duration:

Full Time

College Attendance:

Extended Diploma - 2 years.

90 Credit Diploma - 1 year.

5 days a week, 34 weeks per year plus work experience.

Campus

Hadlow Campus

Course Content:

Year 1 Extended Diploma and 90 Credit

  • Establish and manage exterior plant displays
  • Manage plant propagation activities
  • Understand historical influences on the development of gardens
  • Understand the principles of plant science
  • Understand the principles of soil science
  • Undertake identification, selection and use of ornamental plants
  • Undertake tree and shrub pruning and maintenance
  • Construct and restore walls
  • Understand the principles and practices of landscape and garden design
  • Maintain turf in parks and gardens
  • Functional skills/GCSE - English and Maths

Year 2 Extended Diploma

  • Undertake horticultural production techniques - outdoors
  • Manage heritage gardens and arboreta
  • Construct horizontal landscape surfaces
  • Understand the principles of advanced horticultural science
  • Undertake computer-aided design
  • Business management in the land based sector
  • Investigative project
  • Estates skills
  • Undertake work-related experience in the land based sector
  • Functional skills/GCSE - English and Maths

Assessment Method:

Students will be assessed throughout the course using written assignments, practical assessments and external assessments.

Entry Requirements:

180 Credit Diploma
Minimum of 5 GCSEs grades A*- C / 9 - 4 or equivalent (Level 2 Diploma at Merit), which must include GCSEs in English AND maths A*- C / 9 – 4 Grade

90 Credit Diploma
Minimum of 4 GCSEs A*- C / 9 - 4 Grade or equivalent (Level 2 Diploma at Merit), which must include GCSE in English OR maths A*- C / 9 – 4 Grade
- Progression route: 180 Credit Diploma level 3

Additional Experience:

Life experiences will be taken into account when considering applications.

Progression Routes:

Extended Diploma
Successful students can progress into higher education, apprenticeships, or into employment.

90 Credit Diploma
Successful students can progress into the 2nd year of the Extended Diploma or into employment.

Additional Learning Opportunities:

Students may have the opportunity to undertake additional short qualifications as part of their course. These are designed to support future careers.

Additional Industry Experiences:

Students will benefit from a variety of field trips throughout the course. Typically these may be international study tours and visits to gardens throughout the South East.

Specialist Equipment Needed

Steel toe-capped boots, waterproof clothing, secateurs and horticultural faculty livery.

Available Clothing

Horticulture Hooded Top

Horticulture Polo Shirt (Lavender)

Horticulture Polo Shirt (Purple)

Horticulture Rugby Shirt

Hadlow is the perfect place to study a horticultural qualification. It is in a nice rural environment with beautiful gardens and grounds. You can really get a lot of inspiration and understanding from the beds and borders which exist around the College. Plus, it has a great reputation and is one of the best colleges in the land-based sector. You cover a variety of different subjects on the course. In addition to things like plant identification and soil science you also study business management and computer aided design. All of these have helped me improve my knowledge which, coupled with the work experience element, should help me to get a job in either a glasshouse or nursery when I leave.

Harry Braybrooke

Resources

  • Extensive glasshouse facilities
  • Field nursery stock production
  • Computer controlled environmental and irrigation systems
  • Fruit and container production units
  • Plant propagation centre
  • Fully equipped landscape training centre
  • Demonstration garden for leading national retailers
  • Fully labelled plant collection throughout the College grounds
  • 10 acres of landscaped gardens and two National Collections within Broadview Gardens
  • Fully commercial garden centre

Typical Employers

Local authorities, nurseries, garden centres, publicly and privately owned gardens, commercial landscaping companies.

Industry Links

Students benefit from a wide range of links with commercial nurseries, research institutes, organic producers, public and privately owned gardens as well as exposure to the retail world through our onsite garden centre. The College is also a member of the Royal Horticultural Society; NCCPG and the Hardy Plant Society.

Please note that all programme specifications and course modules are subject to annual change.

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