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Practical Horticulture RHS Level 3 Certificate (Part-time)

Shuttleworth College Horticulture Students


Practical Horticulture RHS Level 3 Certificate

This 32-week part-time Level 3 practical course is designed by the Royal Horticultural Society to meet the needs of anyone who wants to develop advanced skills in practical gardening. This qualification is designed for gardening enthusiasts and anyone interested in Horticulture as an occupation. It can be combined with the theory based Level 3 qualifications to form a full Level 3 Diploma. Half of the course is theory-based, with the other half being practical-based.

Available Courses
Shuttleworth College
Starts: 22/09/2021
Type: Part Time
Day(s): Wednesday
Time(s): 1:30pm - 4:30pm
Length: 32 weeks
Fees: £724.00
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Course information

Entry requirements

In order to start this course you should have achieved your Level 2 qualification before progressing onto this level. You must be able to undertake a range of practical tasks in order to pass the assessed part of the course.

Course content

The RHS has been awarding qualifications for over 100 years and its qualifications are held in high regard within the horticultural industry, making this course ideal if you are looking to increase your horticulture skills and knowledge, whilst also improving employment prospects.

During this course you will cover more advanced topics than the Level 2 course, including:

  • Collecting and testing soil samples and specifying adjustments for horticulture
  • Collecting, preparing and propagating from seeds
  • Establishing and maintaining a range of plant types and forms
  • Identifying a range of common garden plants, weeds, pests, diseases and disorders
  • Management of green spaces, landscaped areas, and ornamental gardens.
Assessment methods

The course will be assessed through internal practical, written and oral assessments as set by the RHS.

Further study and career options

On completion of this course you could progress onto the theory-based RHS Level 3 qualifications, or onto other qualifications in horticulture.

Additional information

You will need to bring suitable clothing for working outdoors and steel-toe-capped boots.

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.

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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 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.

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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.