Level 3

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The aim of the course is to provide you with all of the skills you need to progress in work. It's ideal if you're looking to go on to Higher Education or if you want to go into a supervisory role. You'll be able to choose from a range of units to meet the particular area of horticulture that you plan to work in. 

Course content 

You can look forward to a varied programme of modules that also includes a work placement. You'll also continue your English and Maths up to GCSE level. Modules include: 

  • Amenity turf care
  • Care, management and propagation of plants
  • Garden design and business practices
  • Nursery stock and heritage garden management
  • Tree and shrub pruning and maintenance. 

Work Experience

Study programmes include a minimum of compulsory work experience hours achieved through one day a week or block placements. The amount of hours required is dependent on the study programme. 

Industry Work Placement

All students aged 16-18 on our Level 2 & Level 3 programmes will now have to take part in an exciting and compulsory 50-day industry placement programme alongside completion of their vocational course. The programme will give you the chance to gain valuable skills in a real working environment whilst being paired with your ideal employer.

Our mission is to pair students with their ideal employer and to support them continuously during the placement.

There is flexibility on how students complete the placement; it can be during non-college weekdays, weekends, in blocks or over the holiday period. You will receive all of the necessary information during your interview, and if you have any queries in the meantime please contact workexperience@plumpton.ac.uk

Additional qualifications

You can choose to study for the NPTC Pesticide Applications (PA1 and PA6). 

Entry Requirements:


  • You'll need to have achieved 4 or more GCSEs between grade 9-4 (previous grade structure A-C) including English, Maths and a Science
  • Successful completion of a related Level 2 qualification

Mature students without the above requirements will be considered. 

Dates & Location:

September 2019


2 years, full-time

3 days per week plus 1 day work experience


If you're thinking of horticulture, Plumpton is one of the finest locations for you to enjoy developing your creativity We've got the amazing backdrop of the South Downs just waiting for you to discover. Our extensively planted areas make sure that you get the chance to gain a broad experience in plant identification and plant maintenance. You'll be able to experience our endangered plant collections of Black Poplars and National Collection of Hebes, plus our connection with Kew Gardens and the endangered plant network. you'll be able to use our large area under glass which means that you'll be able to grow plants all your round to a commercial level. We also have a large landscaping centre where you'll be able to develop your brickwork and paving. 

Future Opportunities

By completing this course, you'll be able to go on to study a Foundation degree or into a supervisory role in the workplace. Some of the areas you may choose to follow could include amenity maintenance, garden design, hard landscaping or nursery production.

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