City & Guild Level 3 Advanced Technical Diploma in Horticulture

CG Level 3 Technical Diploma in Horticulture v2

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This qualification is for you if you are aged 19+, and want to work in horticulture. It is designed to provide you with a very wide range of specialist technical practical skills and detailed knowledge and understanding which will equip you to seek a diverse range of employment opportunities, or to further learning and training within the horticultural industry. It is suitable for those who have completed a Horticulture Qualification at L1 or L2. This course could also be studied alongside L2 or L3 Garden Design

For Adult learners there are no formal qualifications required but it is advised that they have GCSE’s Grade 4-9 (A*-C) in English, Maths & Science.

All Learners will undertake an interview for the course to assess suitability.

This qualification gives you the opportunity to learn about and build on the essentials of working in horticulture such as safe working, using equipment and machinery, plant identification, maintaining turf, plant health, pests and diseases and pruning and maintaining trees and shrubs. You will also learn about plant and soil science and business skills, and specialise in professional horticulture with regard to the optional units.

You will gain an understanding of the skills and knowledge that are important when you are working in a horticultural setting, or progressing to further learning and training in this area. You will get lots of practice and support to enable you to develop as a horticulturalist.

Steel toe capped boots are required and suitable all weather clothing.

You will have:

  • Synoptic assessments/assignmentswhere a candidate is given a problem to solve or an outcome to achieve. An example of this would be to plan and maintain a vineyard area.
  • Theory examination(2-hour) each academic year
  • Portfolio of evidence for work experience undertaken
  • Optional unit assessments


Direct Progression and guaranteed interview for our new FdSc in Sustainable Horticulture for those looking to move into supervisory/managerial roles within the sector.

Direct Entry to Work

Course details


1 day per week 9:30-16:00 

42 weeks

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