C&G Level 3 - Technical Diploma in Horticulture

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The time is right for a change up in your career, why not become an estate gardener or a landscaper...

This qualification can be undertaken for direct entry into a career as a gardener or it can be taken alongside further level qualifications such as Garden Design. This course has been designed for career changes and therefore no prior knowledge of horticulture is necessary. This course has also been designed for young adults looking to get into a career in horticulture. 

The course consists of 5 units which set the scene for your new career. You will be assessed through project-based work and sit an externally set timed written task. This course attracts a maximum of 56 UCAS points for Higher Education entry.

Topics covered on this part time course:


  • Health & Safety 
  • Identification & Selection of plants
  • Maintain turfed areas
  • Horticulture machinery
  • Plant health and protection
  • Plant & Soil science


  • Plant identification & use ornamental plants
  • Establish & manage exterior plant displays
  • Production horticulture- protected environments

Work experience in land based sector (150hrs minimum- completed during the course). Work experience is an excellent way to build your confidence and CV experience so you are ready to work either in a self-employed capacity as a gardener or for a company in the land-based sector.


  • Nursery Assistant
  • Gardener
  • Garden Centre Sales Assistant
  • Estate Gardener
  • Landscaper
  • Groundsperson
  • Landscape Contractor

Course details

Dates & Location

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9.30 - 16.00

Stanmer Campus - One Garden Brighton


1 day per week

42 weeks



*Study at no cost, Adult funding is available, please enquire with our Enquiries, Advice and Guidance Team for more information. 

Entry Requirements

This course has been designed for career changes and young adults and therefore no prior knowledge of horticulture is necessary.

For Adult learners there are no formal qualifications required but it is advised that they have GCSEs Grade 4-9 (A*-C) in English, Maths & Science.

All Learners will undertake an interview for the course to assess suitability.

Steel Toe Capped Boots and suitable all weather clothing.



One Garden Brighton

The recent restoration of the walled garden has been managed by Plumpton College. One Garden Brighton is the home of the college’s horticultural centre of excellence, a space for training and education. The campus buildings are nestled within the walls itself and you will see students designing, planting and maintaining the grounds as a showcase for innovation.

One Garden Brighton is place for everyone, a garden made for people. We are a part of our local community; a place to connect, improve wellbeing and discover something new. We support local producers, people and nurture local networks focused on enriching all who visit.

Future Opportunities

Direct Progression and guaranteed interview for our new FdSc in Sustainable Horticulture for those looking to move into supervisory/managerial roles within the sector.

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