Level 3 Advanced Technical Diploma in Horticulture

Applications for September 2023 start only

Writtle University College (WUC) is pleased to offer the Level 3 Advanced Technical Diploma in Horticulture qualification.

The City and Guilds Advanced Technical Diploma in Horticulture provides you with the depth and breadth of horticultural knowledge. The course provides 10 units over a year that include a work placement with in the industry itself helping the learner to apply the knowledge gleamed from their studies and working to an industry standard.

The course is equivalent to the first year of the Level 3 Advanced Technical Extended Diploma in Horticulture.

Course Content

The qualification consists of the following 10 units:
  • Principles of health and safety
  • Maintain turf in parks and gardens
  • Identification, selection and planting of plants
  • Land based industry machinery operations
  • Principles of plant health and protection
  • Plant and soil science
  • Undertake and review work related experience in the land based industries
  • Establish and manage exterior plant displays
  • Site surveying, levelling and setting out
  • Principles and practise of garden design

This range of units will provide you with the knowledge to operate with in a garden or estate on a wide range of job roles from grounds maintenance, machinery operator, compliant with health and safety, management of maintenance activities with planning and scheduling along with plant health monitoring. The course will provide you with the skills to survey a site and make recommendations to improve, manage or transform gardens along with plant selection, site analysis with soil assessments and this can be used to develop garden design proposals and planting schemes.

Entry Requirements

The following information provides students with the entry requirements for this particular course.
  • 5 GCSEs at Grade 9-4 or A*-C
  • Must include English and Maths
  • A work placement of 5 days in a related industry is desirable
  • Satisfactory references from most recent school, college or employer

Please note:
Alternative qualifications or experience will be considered on application.

After Completion of Your Course...

Level 3 qualifications can provide a route into the horticultural profession, they can support career development for those already working in the field of horticulture or they can provide a foundation for further learning or training.

Educational progression
After completion of the Level 3 Advanced Technical Diploma in Horticulture, you can progress to the second year of the Level 3 Advanced Technical Extended Diploma in Horticulture.

Employment opportunities
You might progress into employment as:
  • Grounds maintenance manager
  • Machinery operator
  • Park and gardens planning and scheduling officer