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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.

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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

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. Find out more about your payment options and how your loan could be written off at

Course Information & How to Apply

The deadline has now passed and we are no longer accepting applications. Please register your interest here for our part-time courses starting from September 2021.

LengthStart DateDay(s)Time(s)FeesLocationCourse Code
32 weeks 23/09/2020 Wed 1.30 pm - 4.30 pm £724 Shuttleworth College SOB1001

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