Horticulture Level 3

This qualification provides a route to employment in professional horticulture.

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. It also provides a foundation for further horticultural training.

All 16-19 year olds on full-time programmes will be required to retake GCSE English and Maths or to undertake Functional Skills, if they have not already attained the equivalent of a GCSE grade 4/5 in these subjects, every year of their course, until they complete their studies.

Those wishing to gain employment within the horticulture industry or undertake higher level studies.

At Merrist Wood we have over thirty years experience in providing specialist training in landscape construction and amenity horticulture. Practical work is carried out in our dedicated landscape workshops and the extensive college grounds under the direction of skilled and experienced tutors from the industry.

Course content includes:

Units year 1 –

  • Professional working responsibilities
  • Plant and Soil Science
  • Identification, planting and care of plants
  • Routine plant management
  • Plant propagation activities
  • Work experience in the land-based sectors
  • Estate skills

Units year 2 –

  • Contemporary issues in the land-based sectors
  • Tree and Shrub pruning and maintenance
  • Land-based Machinery operations
  • Participating in Horticultural tasks at events
  • Resource and operations planning for event-based Horticultural Activities
  • Nursery stock production
  • Landscape and Garden design
  • Identification, planting and care of trees

A combination of practical and theory sessions based in the classroom, workshop or extensive college grounds.

Foundation Degree , BSc, HND or work in the horticulture industry.

You need to have 4 GCSE’S at grade 4 and above including English, Maths and Science, or a relevant L2 qualification at merit or above. (if the learner has dropped to a grade 3 in Maths only please put through to faculty approval so we can assess overall grade profile)

You must be able to demonstrate your commitment to the course and should be aware that individual directed study will be necessary to complete the course. Visits are made to local gardens, work sites and nurseries.

Explore your career progression options

If you are considering applying for this programme, why not explore your potential career progression routes using our handy tool.

You can explore live job vacancies, next level qualifications and apprenticeship standards in your local area. Not only this but you can also watch videos of real people talking about their experiences of working in your specific industry or occupation of interest.

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Why Merrist Wood College?

  • Clear routes of progression with qualifications ranging from foundation level to degree level!
  • Industry experienced teaching staff give you the responsibility and independence you need to take charge of your own future.
  • 100+

    different courses

  • 50+

    years of experience in teaching land-based subjects

  • 400

    -acre campus specialising in the land-based industries

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