Horticulture Extended Diploma Level 3 - Bridgwater & Taunton College

Course Overview

The horticulture industry is traditionally divided into three sectors; production horticulture, amenity horticulture and landscaping & design. Production horticulture offers employment within food production, ornamental crops and hardy nursery stock production. Amenity horticulture offers opportunities within gardening and grounds maintenance. Landscaping covers both hard and soft landscaping, so from turf-laying and planting to paving and fencing. This course offers an exciting opportunity to develop comprehensive skills and knowledge across the horticulture industry in preparation for employment within supervisory positions or higher level study.

Modules could include:

  • Plant identification, selection and planting
  • Maintain turf in parks and gardens
  • Land-based machinery operations
  • Plant and soil science
  • Garden design
  • Crop production
  • Business management

You will also undertake a specialist project which allows you to investigate an area of horticulture that interests you such as hydroponics, aquaponics or growing trials

You will be required to undertake 150 hours of work experience across the year. Teaching and is through practical sessions and employer masterclasses.

Assessment Methods

Assessment is through written exams, assignments, presentations and projects.

Progression Options

On successful completion of the course, you could progress on to a Level 3 Apprenticeship at the College, or a Level 4 HNC or Level 5 HND qualification at University Centre Somerset. There are many career opportunities in the horticulture industry in a range of settings including private and commercial landscaping, local authority parks, private gardens, plant nurseries and commercial growers.

Course Summary

Course Title Horticulture Extended Diploma Level 3
Entry Requirements

You need five GCSEs in the A* to C or 9 to 4 range including English and
Maths, or a Level 2 qualification in Horticulture at a minimum Merit grade.
Entry will also be subject to a successful interview.

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