Level 3

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This level is for someone who has worked in the industry for some time - you have plenty of experience, and you might already supervise others or manage an area of land. You want to demonstrate your skills, perhaps to move into a more senior role or further study.

You'll work with your training provider to assess your current skills and find the best ways to gain new ones - perhaps learning from a colleague or taking a class.

During your award, certificate or diploma in Work-Based Horticulture you'll produce a portfolio of evidence for assessment. This portfolio can include things like direct observation, witness testimony, job sheets, work-based products, written questions and professional discussions.

You can choose from a short Award, a longer Certificate or an in-depth Diploma.

You can choose 1 specialist pathway from:

Production Horticulture 
Sports Turf - Greenkeeper 
Sports Turf - Groundsman 

Within your specialist pathway you choose a selection of core and optional units. For a full list of units, download the qualification handbook from the centre documents section.

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We offer impartial careers guidance to all our students to learn more about careers support at Plumpton College or to explore your next step, contact Careers Hub on 01273892010 or email careers@plumpton.ac.uk to book an appointment – we’re here to help.

Entry Requirements:

You will need an employer who would like to take you on as an apprentice. 

You will also attend college for a minimum number of set hours each week. 

You will have ideally have achieved GCSE grades A-E or equivalent. If you have an equivalent qualification, we will also take this into consideration, along with any industry experience you may have. 

Dates & Location:

Two starting points – September and May


1st Thursday of the month for 2 years


Non-levy paying employers will share the cost of training and assessing their apprentices with government - this is called ‘co-investment’.

From April 2019, you will pay 5% towards to the cost of apprenticeship training and government will pay the rest (95%), up to the funding band maximum.

Future Opportunities

The award, certificate and diploma in Work-Based Horticulture can help you find a job as:

  • Agricultural/Horticultural technician
  • Garden designer
  • Gardener
  • Greenkeeper
  • Groundsperson
  • Horticultural garden centre worker/Manager
  • Landscape manager
  • Landscaper.

You can progress through the different levels and on completion of the Level 3 Diploma you might be interested in:

  • Level 4 qualification (centre-based or work-based)
  • Relevant apprenticeship.

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