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.

Topics include Soil testing; Preparation, planning and management of propagation material; Tree planting and pruning; Identification of plants, seeds and plant health issues along with Risk Assessment and Health & Safety issues in the workplace.

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

Entry Requirements:

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

Steel toe capped books must be worn.

Dates & Location:

Dates: TBC

Time: 09.30-13.00

Campus: Stanmer 


 1 day per week


Aged 16-18£0
Aged 19-23 and do not hold a level 2 qualification in any subject£595*
Aged 19 – 23 and holds a level 2 + qualification in any subject£595*
Aged 24+ (on the first day of the course)£595*
Unemployed, looking for work and on state benefit£595*

*Advanced learner loan available.


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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