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Level 3 Technical Qualification in Horticulture

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

This course covers a wide range of Horticultural subjects
and is aimed at four distinct careers paths within the
Horticultural industry; production horticulture, garden
design, hard and soft landscaping and garden amenity
maintenance. On completion of the course the students
will have the knowledge and skills to start their own
garden maintenance company, undertake site surveying
and garden design briefs for clients, grow a variety of
crops in a commercial situation for clients/garden centres
and to landscape clients gardens from building walls,
nurseries, concreting, raised beds, fencing and paving.

Course Duration:

Full Time

College Attendance:

1-2 years, full-time


Hadlow Campus

Course Content:

The following are examples of some of the topics
students can expect to study within the course:

Year 1
• Professional working responsibilities
• Plant and soil science
• Work experience
• Plant identification
• Routine plant management
• Estates skills
• Plant propagation activities
• Functional skills/GCSE - English and maths

Year 2
• Horticulture business project
• Turf parks and gardens
• Work experience
• Landscape and garden design
• Land-based machinery and operations
• Production techniques - indoor and outdoor
• Site surveying, levelling and setting out and horizontal landscape surfaces
• Functional skills/GCSE - English and maths

You will need a minimum of five GCSEs grades A*-C / 9-4
or equivalent (Level 2 Diploma), which must include GCSEs
in English AND maths A*-C / 9-4 Grade.
For those students who achieve four GCSEs A*-C/9-4,
there is the option of a 90 credit Diploma. Achievement
of this at Merit or Distinction will allow progression onto
the second year.

Steal toe capped waterproof boots, gloves, secateurs,
appropriate outdoor all weather clothing and Hadlow
Horticultural livery.

This course consist of a range of practical and written
assessments and a number of work logs. Examples of
practical assessments are tree planting, building walls
and fences, laying concrete, growing plants from a
range of cuttings and driving machinery. Examples of
written assessments are drawing designs for gardens
and essays on why we use Latin in plant naming and
work logs on work experience.

On completion of this qualification you will have
the knowledge and skills to enter a highly sort after
industry. Former students who have left have set
up their garden maintenance companies, worked
as grounds people for sporting venues, working for
local councils in parks and gardens, or are working
in a commercial nursery or for garden centres. This
qualification will allow you to progress onto our higher
education here at Hadlow, whether that is a garden
design or commercial horticulture degree.

Available Clothing

Horticulture Hooded Top

Horticulture Polo Shirt (Purple)

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


  • 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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