Horticulture (Level 3 Technical Extended Diploma) - Suffolk Rural (Otley)

Horticulture (Level 3 Technical Extended Diploma) - Suffolk Rural (Otley)

Subject Area: Horticulture & Floristry Suffolk Rural (Otley)


Course Information

  • Start Date: Sep, 2022
  • Attendance: Full-time
  • Duration: 2 Years
  • Course Code: 153936
  • Entry Requirements

    4 GCSEs at grade 9-4 (A-C) including English, maths and science.

    Alternatively a Level 2 Diploma at Merit/Distinction including GCSE English and maths at 9-4 (A-C).

    Course Overview

    This course is based at our Suffolk Rural (Otley) campus.

    This 2 year course is designed to provide 16-19 year olds with a wide range of specialist technical practical skills and detailed knowledge and understanding, focusing on a broad basis of skills that employers value, whilst studying in greater depth the areas that will enable you to seek specialised and more demanding job roles.

    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. In addition, you will also learn about plant and soil science and business skills. In your second year of study, you will specialise in professional horticulture, and will also learn about estate maintenance, garden design, and the construction of landscape features.

    You will have the opportunity to acquire practical experience at the college's horticulture unit as well as gain valuable industry experience with a range of guest speakers and educational visits. In addition, you will have the opportunity to be involved in horticulture projects at the campus and at local shows.

    You will be required to gain a relevant work placement in order to complete the mandatory 300 hours of work experience as part of your qualification.

    Course Highlights

    • Principles of Plant and Soil Science
    • Business Management
    • Plant Knowledge
    • Machinery
    • Turf Production/Management
    • Landscape Construction
    • Applied Plant and Soil Science
    • Decorative Horticulture
    • Heritage Gardening
    • Individual Projects

    Next Steps

    The potential is vast and, if you're ambitious, there is real scope to progress in this industry.

    The course will prepare you for varied roles and positions within different horticultural industries, including: amenity and production horticulture, landscape design and construction, grounds and turf maintenance, or managing public and private gardens.

    Or, you may wish to move into self-employment; or an Advanced Apprenticeship, which allows you to combine work with further training.

    Or, you can use this qualification to progress into Higher Education. You could go on to study subjects such as:

    • Foundation degree in Landscape and Amenity Management
    • FdSc Horticulture
    • BSc (Hons) Horticulture
    • FdSc Sports Turf
    • BSc (Hons) Sports Turf Science & Management

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    Tuition Costs

    No tuition fees are payable for students aged 16 – 18 on 31 August 2022.

    For all students aged 19+ please contact Student Support.

    For details regarding fee remission, please visit our Tuition Fees page.