Level 3 Certificate Gateway Qualifications Level 3 Certificate in Plants and Planting Design

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Develop specialist knowledge and skills in readiness for setting up a planting design business, with our Gateway Qualifications Level 3 Certificate in Plants and Planting Design at Writtle College.

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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 course is ideal if you love plants and are looking to increase your plant knowledge. You'll also learn how to use this in creating innovative and sustainable planting designs.

As a student at Writtle College, you’ll gain extensive experience of identifying and using plants for different situations, how to use this knowledge in creating planting combinations, learn the use of texture and form in planning borders and researching and designing planting schemes for specific environmental and climatic conditions.

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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.
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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.


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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

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Gateway Qualifications

Gateway Qualifications offers around 500 qualifications that are regulated by Ofqual.

Careers and educational progression

Level 3 qualifications can provide a route into the horticultural profession or setting up your own planting design business. 

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Get in touch

If you're thinking about applying to Writtle College or have questions about our courses, contact us:

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Friday 9am-4.30pm

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Writtle CM1 3RR
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