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Practical Horticulture RHS Level 3 Certificate

Shuttleworth College Horticulture Students


Practical Horticulture RHS Level 3 Certificate

The Level 3 Certificate in Practical Horticulture focuses on developing the essential basic horticultural skills acquired at level 2. The course is aimed at people working in supervisory roles. This not only offers opportunities for employment, but provides the foundation for further skills development.

Our two-hectare walled garden and potting shed provide an ideal location to learn and develop practical skills within the horticultural sector. We also have experienced staff who can help you with all areas of your study.

Course information

Entry requirements

Learners should have completed the RHS practical and at least one theory qualification at Level 2.

Course content
  • Collecting and testing of 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
  • Planning, collecting, preparing and establishing propagation material

RHS Level 3 Certificate in Practical Horticulture

Assessment methods

Assessment will be by written and practical methods on a continual assessment basis.

Further study and career options

Course progression: There is a level 4 qualification which is administered at Wisley Gardens, Surrey and requires self-study along with seminars either online or at Wisley.

Additional information

Students require steel toe-capped boots, gardening gloves and a pen and paper – for practical studies a camera phone can be useful (although not essential) to record identification material and practical projects,

Available Courses
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Starts: 21/09/2022
Type: Part Time
Length: 32 weeks
Day(s): Wednesday
Time(s): 1:30pm - 4:30pm
Fees: Fee Calculator

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Funding Information

The College offers an instalment plan for Further Education and Higher Education courses to students where the total amount payable at the point of enrolment is £200 or more. Within the scheme there is an ability to pay up to 6 instalments, depending on the length of the courses and the final payment must be paid at least a month before the end of the course.

Part-time Fee Flow Chart

If you are aged 19 or over you may qualify for an Advanced Learner Loan to help you pay the tuition fees for this course. Alternatively, you can pay by instalments to help make the cost of this course more affordable. 

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If you live in any of the following areas and wish to apply for or enrol on one of our courses, please contact our Customer Contact team on 0345 658 8990 to check if your course is funded or not (Please note that if your course is not funded then you will pay a higher fee than what is listed, please contact our Customer Contact team for more information):

  • Cambridgeshire and Peterborough
  • Greater Manchester
  • Greater London
  • Liverpool City Region
  • Tees Valley
  • West of England
  • West Midlands
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Additional Learning Support

If you have a specific learning difficulty or disability, are deaf or hearing impaired, our Additional Learning Support team are on hand to give you assistance whenever you need it.

Any questions?

If you would like to find out more about this or other courses, please use our Livechat below, email or call us on 0345 658 8990.


We have access arrangements in place to help students with disabilities or any other particular needs. Call us on 01234 291000 or 01536 413123 for more information.

Additional formats

Course information sheets are also available in large print and audio formats. Call us on 01234 291000 or 01536 413123 to order your copy.