Level 3 - National Extended Certificate April Start

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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:

  • Professional Working Responsibilities
  • Work experience in the Land-Based Sector
  • Identification, Planting and Care of Plants
  • Plant Propagation
  • Tree and Shrub Pruning and Maintenance

As part of this course you will also be required to undertake 75 hours of work experience. This could either be in a paid capacity or could be done on a voluntary basis for One Garden Brighton throughout the summer season and the college can organize this placement for you.

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
Entry Requirements:

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

Dates & Location:

New dates for this course are due to be released in May/June. If you wish to be the first to receive the new dates then please register your interest above. 

9.30 - 16.00

Stanmer Campus - One Garden Brighton


1 day per week

18 weeks



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


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

  • An Apprenticeship in Horticulture & Hard Landscaping
  • An Internship at One Garden Brighton (through application)
  • L3 Garden Design
  • L3 Extended Diploma in Horticulture or Forestry & Arboriculture
  • Higher Education

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