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Level 3 Advanced Technical Diploma in Horticulture

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Introduction

Get a comprehensive introduction to the world of horticulture, garden and landscape design, and plant production with our Level 3 Technical Diploma at Writtle College.

Royal Horticultural Society Approved Centre

We're an Approved Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Centre, offering RHS qualifications which are widely recognised and respected in the horticulture industry.

This Level 3 Advanced Technical Diploma is ideal if you’re looking to work in horticulture and want to learn more about all aspects of the industry.

We’re one of the leading land-based institutions in the UK, based on 150-hectare campus with temperature-controlled glasshouse, gardens and a large collection of trees and plants.

As a student at Writtle College, you’ll gain experience of planting, growing and caring for plants, shrubs and trees – including fruits and vegetables.

You’ll also learn about garden design and history, landscape construction, plant and soil science, plant production and identification, and estate management.

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Fees and funding

Facilities

Hands-on learning

As a horticulture student at Writtle College you'll:

  • use our temperature-controlled glasshouse, gardens and large collection of plants across campus
  • develop essential skills in tractor driving and operating estate machinery
  • take part in projects at local schools and businesses such as maintaining, planting and designing gardens
  • go on field trips to gardens such as RHS Wisley, RHS Hyde Hall and Cambridge Botanical Gardens.

Outstanding student support

Join our student community and:

  • learn from experienced tutors, who'll provide encouragement and feedback
  • make full use of facilities including library and IT resources
  • access support, should you need it, with study skills, careers advice, health and wellbeing, and more.

Accreditation

Chartered Institute of Horticulture

Our horticulture courses are endorsed by the Chartered Institute of Horticulture and are constantly updated to keep pace with this fast-changing and dynamic industry.

Awarding body

City & Guilds

City & Guilds is the global leader in skills development and apprenticeship schemes with 2 million learners working on diverse qualifications every year.

Careers and educational progression

Level 3 qualifications can provide a route into the horticultural profession, support career development if you’re already working in horticulture, or be a foundation for further learning or training.

After completing this course, you could further your education by joining the second year of our Level 3 Advanced Technical Extended Diploma in Horticulture. This includes a work placement in the industry.

Or you might move into employment in roles including:

  • Grounds maintenance manager
  • Machinery operator
  • Park and gardens planning and scheduling officer.

Apply now for Level 3 Advanced Technical Diploma in Horticulture

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