Horticulture with Viticulture

City & Guilds Level 3 Advanced Technical Diploma

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Course Description

If you want a career in vinegrowing, this is the course for you. The English wine industry is going from strength to strength, and is actively seeking staff to establish and manage its vineyards.

This programme will provide you with the core practical skills and knowledge that you will need to succeed in finding employment, or further learning and training, within vineyards, both in England and abroad. There is also the opportunity to progress on to the Plumpton College Foundation Degree in Wine Production if the entry requirements are met.

Course content

 You will learn:

  • The principles of health and safety in the workplace
  • Land-based industry machinery use for gardens, parks and vineyards
  • The principles of plant health and protection
  • The identification, selection and planting of plants
  • Plant and soil science
  • How to maintain turf in parks, gardens and vineyards
  • Practical skills in the workplace:
  • Horticulture route – within gardens, parks, private landscaping firms, stately homes
  • Viticulture route – within the 10-hectare vineyard on Plumpton Estate.

There is a work-placement requirement, which you can complete in local vineyards.

Careers Hub

We offer impartial careers guidance to all of our students, email careers@plumpton.ac.uk to explore your next step or to book an appointment – we’re here to help.

Additional qualifications:

There is opportunity to study for a range of NPTC Pesticide Application certificates along with brush cutter and forklift truck operators certificate.

Course details

Dates & Location

September 2022


This is a full time course over 1 year

3 days tuition a week and you will take part in work experience.

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 at Merit or above and GCSE maths or English at grade c/4 or above
  • Mature students without the above requirements will be considered.


Plumpton College is surrounded by beautiful and inspiring grounds, well stocked for identification tasks. The Horticulture Division is well-equipped with machinery and possesses a wealth of industry experience through its staff.

Plumpton College is the UK’s centre of excellence in wine education, training and research. With our 10-hectare commercial vineyard and winery, you’ll be offered plenty of opportunities to learn practical skills, as well as the essential theory of vinegrowing.

Future Opportunities

Progression for Horticulture:

There is the opportunity to progress onto the L3 Advanced Extended Technical Diploma in Horticulture (Year 2). This certificate also prepares you for a L3 Certificate/Diploma in Garden Design or Landscape Construction.

Progression for Viticulture:

An industry placement in France, with further training, is in development for this programme. There will also be the opportunity to progress onto the Plumpton College Foundation Degree in Wine Production, if the entry requirements are met.

Additional opportunities: guest speakers, site visits, Industry specific visits.

Additional qualifications:

There is the opportunity to study for the NPTC Pesticide Application certificates PA1, PA2 and PA6 along with brush cutter and forklift operations certificates.


Principles of health and safety

  • Legislation
  • Risk assessment & first aid
  • Manual handling
  • Fire prevention

Work-related experience

  • Employment opportunities
  • Prepare and review a work-based experience
  • Interpersonal skills

Identification, selection and naming of plants

  • Plant classification & ID
  • Factors affecting plant selection
  • Planting and aftercare (vines)

Land-based machinery operations

  • Purpose of machinery
  • Prepare & operate machinery

Principles of plant health and protection

  • Pests, diseases, disorders & weeds
  • Identify, classify, control
  • Safe use of pesticides

Maintain turf in parks and gardens

  • Maintenance and repair of established turf
  • Maintenance programme for a high quality turf area

Plant and soil science

  • Plant structure & function
  • Plant physiology, growth & development
  • Effect of soils on plants

Horticultural production techniques – outdoors VITI lecturer

  • Site selection and planning
  • Preparing and planting & management
  • Harvesting & grading

Horticultural Production Techniques - Protected environments

  • Production of crops in protected growing environments
  • Maintain, harvest, grade and store crops

Site surveying, levelling and setting out

  • Site survey equipment and techniques
  • Measuring site dimensions and levels
  • Presentation of survey data

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