Level 3

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This level is for someone who has worked in the industry for some time - you have plenty of experience, and you might already supervise others or manage an area of land. You want to demonstrate your skills, perhaps to move into a more senior role or further study.

You'll work with your training provider to assess your current skills and find the best ways to gain new ones - perhaps learning from a colleague or taking a class.

During your award, certificate or diploma in Work-Based Horticulture you'll produce a portfolio of evidence for assessment. This portfolio can include things like direct observation, witness testimony, job sheets, work-based products, written questions and professional discussions.

You can choose from a short Award, a longer Certificate or an in-depth Diploma.

You can choose 1 specialist pathway from:

Production Horticulture 
Landscaping 
Sports Turf - Greenkeeper 
Sports Turf - Groundsman 

Within your specialist pathway you choose a selection of core and optional units. For a full list of units, download the qualification handbook from the centre documents section.

Entry Requirements:

You will need an employer who would like to take you on as an apprentice. If you haven't found a suitable employer, we will offer you guidance on applying for jobs and interviewing techniques.

You will also attend college for a minimum number of set hours each week. 

You will have ideally have achieved GCSE grades A-E or equivalent. If you have an equivalent qualification, we will also take this into consideration, along with any industry experience you may have. 

Dates & Location:

Two starting points – September and May

Duration:

1st Thursday of the month for 2 years

Costs:

Non-levy paying employers will share the cost of training and assessing their apprentices with government - this is called ‘co-investment’.

From April 2019, you will pay 5% towards to the cost of apprenticeship training and government will pay the rest (95%), up to the funding band maximum.

Future Opportunities

The award, certificate and diploma in Work-Based Horticulture can help you find a job as:

  • Agricultural/Horticultural technician
  • Garden designer
  • Gardener
  • Greenkeeper
  • Groundsperson
  • Horticultural garden centre worker/Manager
  • Landscape manager
  • Landscaper.

You can progress through the different levels and on completion of the Level 3 Diploma you might be interested in:

  • Level 4 qualification (centre-based or work-based)
  • Relevant apprenticeship.

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