Horticulture & Landscape Supervisor Apprenticeship

Level 3

Many businesses will be specialised in their activities, such as grounds maintenance (soft-landscape) or landscape construction (hard-landscape).

  • Soft-landscaping includes the establishment and maintenance of plants and cultivated areas.
  • Hard-landscaping includes establishment of hard surfaces and structures in addition to the establishment of plants in cultivated areas.

The distinct nature of these two specialisms means very few businesses can offer the full breadth of skills and therefore two options are available for this occupation; horticulture and landscape construction. The employment area will dictate the option pursued.

  • The horticulture option focuses on plant propagation and plant growth.
  • The landscape construction option focuses on the installation of features and structures; application of landscape materials as well as site management.

A Horticulture / Landscape Supervisor can manage a site with minimum supervision, supervise a team and maintain the health and safety and security of personnel and resources.

What apprentices will learn

  • Understanding what nutrients plants need
  • Knowledge of what grows well in different soils
  • How to use and maintain gardening tools and equipment
  • Plant removal
  • Pest and disease control

Qualifications Awarded

  • Apprenticeship Certificate
  • Emergency first aid: Level 3 award in emergency first aid at work.
  • Pesticides: Level 2 Principles of Safe Handling and Application of Pesticides Guidance OR Level 2 Award in the Safe Use of Pesticides
  • Level 2 Award in the Safe Application of Pesticides using Pedestrian hand held Equipment (horticulture pathway only)
  • Level 2 in maths and English (if applicable)

Delivery model

A mix of online and practical learning at the Plumpton College, which will include skills and knowledge assessment and research work along with quarterly workplace competency and efficiency observation and assessments.

End Point Assessment

  • Professional discussion based on apprentice’s portfolio
  • Online knowledge test
  • Practical assessment
  • Supervisory studies project

Apprenticeship Graded

  • Fail, Pass, Distinction

Course details


Typically 36 Months

Entry Requirements

Maths and English assessment.

Job role suitability assessment.

Level 2 Horticulture qualification or suitable industry experience.

To enrol onto an apprenticeship programme you need to be employed with a contract of employment. If you have an employer lined up or are already employed please contact our Apprenticeship Team on 01273 892127 or via email.

If you do not currently have an employer please visit the main Apprenticeships page for guidance on how to find and apply for an apprenticeship opportunity or register for our Talent Bank service.


  • You will have access to an unrivalled learning environment with access to extensive college grounds and large scale garden for practical delivery along with off site learning at One Garden Brighton where learners will have the opportunity to gain practical learning experience (plant and maintain) in a commercial venue.
  • Industry experienced tutors with extensive experience of working in stately home gardens, retail garden centres and country estates supervising large multi-site team of gardeners.

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