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Level: 3

Location: Broomfield Hall

Years: 1

Weeks: 36

Hours: 3.00

Start: 12/09/2019

Days / Times: Thursday 09:15 to 12:30

Tuition (£): 1246.00*

24+ Loan Amount: 1246.00****

Interview: Y

Course Summary

This qualification provides a route to employment in professional horticulture by assessing knowledge of the scientific principles underpinning horticultural practices. It also supports career development for those already working in the profession. In addition, it provides a foundation for further learning or training in the field of horticulture. 

Entry requirements

While there are no formal pre-requisites for entry to the qualification, it is strongly recommended that students have obtained the RHS Level 2 Certificate in the Principles of Garden Planning, Establishment and Maintenance - or an equivalent qualification - before they commence the course.

Course Content

  • Understanding garden survey techniques and design principles
  • Understanding the selection and use of landscaping elements in the garden
  • Understanding the setting out and construction of landscaping elements in the garden 
  • Understanding a range of specialist elements in the establishment of garden and urban plantings 


How will I be assessed?

There are two examinations, one in February and one in June.

Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?

You will be required to supply your own steel toe-cap boots.
Additional equipment you will need to provide consists of a drawing board, set squares, scale ruler, and ink pens (drafting).

What can I do after this course?

Further Study

After completion of this course, you will be able to further your studies by attending the RHS Practical Certificate Level 3 and RHS Theory Level 3 courses.

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* Tuition - This figure is the tuition fee to be paid - There are no concessionary fees available.
**** Advanced Learner Loan: if you are aged 19 or over and want to study at Level 3, 4, 5 or 6, you could apply for an Advanced Learner Loan to help with the costs of your study. This is the fee that would need to be financed by a successful application for a loan. Alternatively, you or your employer could pay the fees directly.

This course is run at the Broomfield Hall Campus

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About Broomfield Hall »

Dan Brennen

Dan Brennen

Set to flourish in landscape gardening

Former Horticulture learner Dan Brennen flew the flag for Broomfield Hall by scooping a gold medal in the WorldSkills UK final – after building a garden in just 18 hours. Dan, now studying Landscape Architecture at the University of Sheffield, impressed industry experts who judged his efforts at the Skills Show held at the NEC.
There to represent Derby College, he was part of a team which built a garden from scratch, including laying block paving and slabs, building raised beds, installing a water feature and planting.
Dan’s success gave him the chance to work with a specialist training team to prepare for a further WorldSkills challenge in Northern Ireland – so he gained even more skills to take forward into his working life.

Being part of WorldSkills was a fantastic experience and I’ve learnt so much. The additional training I’ve done as part of the competition will earn me a Level 4 qualification which, along with my degree, will hopefully greatly improve my job prospects after university.

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