Horticulture Supervisor

Level 3 Apprenticeship

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

Specialising in horticulture, this apprenticeship will focus on plant propagation and plant growth, the establishment and maintenance of plants and cultivated areas in addition to development the supervisory skills to manage horticulture projects. 

What apprentices will learn

  • Horticulture management appropriate to different sites
  • Project process, planning work scheduling and requrements to meet specification
  • Working to a budget
  • Business operations and the impact of decisions
  • Customer care
  • Managing teams to deliver customer service
  • Supervision; how to communicate with a team and provide work instructions
  • How to manage a teams performance and provide feedback to team members and managers
  • Health and safety, implement and maintain a positive safety culture with a team
  • Waste hazards and waste reduction and recycling
  • Plan growth and development,
  • 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
  • Tools, equipment and machinery
  • Plant propagation methods using seed or vegetative methods
  • Plant identification and classication
  • Protection of biodiversity and heritage
  • Assess, repair and maintain hard structures

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  practical learning at the Plumpton College and One Garden Brighton, which will include skills and knowledge assessment and research work, online theory workships and masterclasses 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 24-46 Months based on previous work or qualification experience

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.
  • Discount on range of Lantra, NPTC and BALI training and assessment courses delivered by LandPro Training

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