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 and theoretical teaching and learning at Plumpton College main campus and our Hortculture Centre of Excellence based at One Garden Brighton, for two days a month (Wednesday & Thursday) during term time only. In addition to this, online theory workshops and guest talks and the opportunity to attend masterclasses will be available. 

End Point Assessment

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

Course details

Dates & Location

Next cohort enrolment in September/October 2023 with commencement of in college delivery from November 2023 (Wednesday 8th)


Typically 24 months based on previous work or qualification experience


Apprenticeships are Government funded employee training programmes with an employer expected to pay no more than 5% of the training cost. Specific costs to the employer will be dependent on several factors such as the age of apprentice and size (number of employees) of the business. Please contact our Business Services team on 01273 892127 for more information

Entry Requirements

Maths and English assessment 

Apprentices who are unable to evidence previous English or maths GCSE (or equivalent) at grade 4/C at point of enrolment will be required to attend class and achieve Functional Skills Level 2 (equivalent to grade 4/C) to be able to complete the apprenticeship

Job role and experience suitability assessment (you must have a good knowledge and experience in a horticulture role and/or achieved a Horticulture Operative or Landscape Construction Level 2 apprenticeship or equivalent)

Apprentices must be employed in a role with duties that will allow the development of the necessary skills, knowledge and behaviours. To qualify for apprenticeship funding the apprentice must develop significant new skills and knowledge on the programme.

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 Business Services 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.

If you are an employer and would like to recruit or enrol an existing employee onto an apprenticeship please contact our Business Services team on  01273 892127 or via email.


  • 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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