Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship in Horticulture
About this course

Horticulture is for those working to establish, manage, retail or cultivate plants for science, plant production or crop production. Also to use plants in landscapes to support the built environment, for aesthetics, transport and utility infrastructure, sport or wildlife conservation.

The Horticulture industry values the apprenticeship as an entry route into the sector as it offers apprentices the opportunity to learn the skills and knowledge by completing hands-on work experience.

This apprenticeship framework encompasses the skills needed by new entrants to ensure they have the right mix of skills and those already employed have the opportunity to upskill. This will ensure that employees within Horticulture have the skills required to be competent in their employment.

Job roles at Level 3 may include: Horticultural Technician, Deputy Head Greenkeeper, Deputy Head Groundsman, Garden Designer, Landscape Manager, Senior Gardener, Gardener (Historic and Botanic), Parks Officer.

Tasks undertaken by apprentices will vary depending on the level and sector in which they are employed.

What will I learn?

What is included in the framework?

• Competence - Level 3 Diploma in Horticulture 
• Knowledge - Level 3 Diploma in Horticulture 
• Skills Element - Level 2 Functional Skills English 
• Skills Element - Level 2 Functional Skills Maths 
• Skills Element- Level 1 Functional Skills ICT 
• Employment Rights and Responsibilities 
• Personal Learning Thinking Skills

Entry requirements

Minimum Entry GCSE grade C in Maths and English. All applicants will be required to pass initial assessments in Maths and English.

Study, assessment and qualifications

The Competence and Knowledge Elements will be assessed in the workplace using evidence to build a portfolio.

 Functional Skills will generally be delivered at our Wiltshire College Lackham campus. 

A mixture of on and off the job training provides a variety of learning opportunities across the whole programme.

Additional costs and information


12-18 months

College Attendance - every Friday during term time, if required for functional skills

Apprenticeships and Adult Education Funded Courses
The College’s Adult funded courses and apprenticeships prior to 1st May 2017 and apprenticeships with non-levy paying employers post 1st May 2017, are funded by the Education and Skills Funding Agency and part financed by the European Union through the European Social Fund (ESF). ESF supports activities to extend employment opportunities and develop a skilled workforce.