RHS Level 3 Certificate

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RHS Level 3 Certificate in Practical Horticulture qualification further develops the essential skills needed in horticulture. 

This course is ideal to support those already working in horticulture, looking for career development into a supervisory or management role or to further develop your interest.

Each unit is assessed by either set practical activities or written assignments.

Subjects include: 

  • Collecting and testing soil samples and specifying adjustments for horticulture
  • Collecting, preparing and propagating from seed
  • Establishing and maintaining a range of plant types and forms
  • Identification of a range of common garden plants, weeds, pests, diseases and disorders
  • Planning, collecting, preparing and establishing propagation material

Entry Requirements:

There is an expectation of prior horticultural knowledge and experience It is strongly recommended that you have prior attainment of the Level 2 qualification as the course builds on those skills. 

Please note that due to the continual assessment within this course, a minimum of 95% attendance is required.

Dates & Location:

Dates: 26th September 2018 - 12th June 2019

Time: 09.30-13.00

Campus: Stanmer 


1/2 per week for the academic year 


£568 * 

*Advance learner loan available subject to eligibility


Our horticulture facilities at Plumpton are pretty impressive. In fact you’ll get to experience one of the finest natural locations in the country, perfect for developing your creativity. Whether indoors or outdoors, you’ll be able to build your skills in an excellent environment.

  • Discover our extensively planted areas on-site at Plumpton

As you build your knowledge, you’ll be able to gain a wide experience of being able to identify and maintain different plants.

  • Experience our endangered plant collections at first hand

You’ll be able to experience our Black Poplars and National collection of Hebes, in addition to our endangered plant network connection with Kew Gardens.

  • Grow plants all year round here

We’ve got an excellent large area under glass where you’ll be able to grow plants without the risk of the weather, up to a commercial level.

  • Build even more skills at Plumpton

You’ll be able to develop your brickwork skills and paving at our large landscaping centre.

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