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Practical Horticulture RHS Level 3 Certificate

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Practical Horticulture RHS Level 3 Certificate

Those involved in the field of Garden and Landscape management have to be able to apply the principles of horticultural science, seek out best practice, select techniques which are cost effective, embrace sustainability, ensure biosecurity and comply with current legislation as they develop the gardens and landscapes under their care.

These horticulturalists have to apply the skills developed within the Level 2 qualification but embrace the concepts of Garden Management Plans, Maintenance Schedules and Garden Health Plans to enable them to manage the many different aspects which make up gardens.

This part time qualification is aimed at professional Horticulturalists giving the learner practical skills in order to complete a professional practical project.

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Course information

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Entry requirements

Essential: A knowledge of Practical horticulture in order to take the course onto a professional level.

Desirable:  knowledge of laws relating to horticulture including Health and Safety

What qualification will I gain?

RHS Level 3 Certificate in Practical Horticulture.

How will I be assessed?

There is end point practical tests with an RHS examiner and on line tests to cover the theory knowledge you have to acquire in the 8 units you are covering as part of the course.

Course content

What will I study?

You will study:

  • Plant knowledge (propagation, sourcing, specifications, identification.)
  • Creating Planted areas (Site preparation, planting schemes, planting process, post- planting maintenance)
  • Maintaining Planted Areas (Maintenance Plans, best practice when doing maintenance, Evaluation techniques)
  • Plant Health (Biosecurity, biotic and abiotic impacts, Integrated Pest Managements, Garden Health Plans.)
  • Productive Growing (Maintenance, top fruit, soft fruit and herbs)
  • Protected Growing (Siting, design and maintenance of protected structures, Internal structure and equipment, production of crops, management of plant collections)
  • Ecological and sustainable plantings –(Purpose of ecological and sustainable plantings, species selection, establishment of ecological and sustainable plantings, maintenance of ecological and sustainable plantings)
  • Landscape materials ((inspection of existing hard landscaping features, Maintenance plans and schedules for landscaping materials and features, selection and calculation of materials)

Next steps

Course progression-

RHS – Level 4 Master of Horticulture – (Run at Wisley gardens)

Career progressions:
  • Running your own horticultural business
  • Garden maintenance, public gardens and Landscaping, Plant grower – all at a supervisory level when you have received experience.

Additional information

You will need:

  • Steel toed capped boots will be required for practical work
  • A calculator

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Starts: 25/09/2024
Type: Part Time
Length: 1 year
Day(s): Wednesday
Time(s): 1:30pm - 4:30pm
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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.

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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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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.