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RHS Level 3 Certificate in Practical Horticulture

About the Course

This course builds on the essential horticultural skills covered at level 2. This qualification not only offers opportunities for employment, but enables the learner to begin to specialise in their areas of interest. Underpinning the whole course is an appreciation of health and safety.

Course Content

The qualification has a credit value of 15. This equates to 150 learning hours. Learning time is defined as the time taken by learners at the level of the qualification, on average, to complete the learning outcomes of the units to the standard determined by the assessment criteria. Credits for a unit will be awarded to candidates for the successful achievement of all the learning outcomes of a unit.

The qualification consists of 4 mandatory units and 1 optional unit.

Mandatory units
Complete all of the following:

  • 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

Optional units
Choose one of the following:

  • Planning, collecting, preparing and establishing propagation material
  • Management of green spaces, landscaped areas and ornamental gardens

Written/practical content and assessment methods
Each unit will be assessed practically throughout the duration of the course.

Entry Requirements

Ideally you should have achieved RHS Level 2 Certificate in Practical Horticulture or an equivalent qualification. A keen interest in horticulture is crucial, you must also be able to demonstrate suitable levels of numeracy and literacy.

After Completion of Your Course...

Educational progression
Students could further their education in Horticulture by studying the following courses:

  • RHS Level 3 Certificate in the Principles of Plant Growth, Health and Applied Propagation
  • RHS Level 3 Certificate in the Principles of Garden Planning, Construction and Planting

Learners who successfully complete all the necessary units for the following level 3 qualifications listed below, will gain the Level 3 Diploma in the Principles and Practices of Horticulture.

  • RHS Level 3 Certificate in the Principles of Plant Growth, Health and Applied Propagation
  • RHS Level 3 Certificate in the Principles of Garden Planning, Construction and Planting
  • RHS Level 3 Certificate in Practical Horticulture

Employment opportunities
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. You may be suitable for employment as an assistant gardener, nursery worker or trainee landscaper.

Useful Information

How course progress is tracked
The college uses an electronic assessment tracking system where students can access current progress online from home.

Additional costs (to tuition and miscellaneous fee) specific to course
Essential equipment and materials - study equipment (pens and a note pad) PPE/ PPC— Steel Toe Capped boots, High Visibility vest / jacket (supplied), gloves, appropriate work wear for practical sessions + by-pass secateurs.