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    Level 3 Extended Diploma in Horticulture - Commerical Production, Landscaping or Sports Turf

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    Horticulture: Gardening and Landscape Design

    The UK horticultural industry consists of 7,700 businesses and worth an estimated £ 3 billion. The industry largely splits into areas of ornamental plant flower and tree production and food production including fruit, vegetables, herbs, and salad production.

    There are 3 pathways you can choose from;

    • Commercial Horticulture Production
    • Garden Landscaping and Design
    • Sports Turf Management

    Course Information

    • Qualification: 3
    • Course Code: E14711
    • Start Date: 02/09/2019
    • Duration: 2 years full-time (3-4 days per week)
    • Campus: Easton
    • Entry requirements: ** 4 GCSEs at grades 9-4 / A-C including English, maths and science. Alternatively a Level 2 Diploma at Merit/Distinction (includ ing English and maths at grades 9-4 / A-C.

    This course will prepare you for varied roles and positions within different horticultural industries, including: amenity and production horticulture, landscape design and construction, grounds and turf maintenance or managing public and private gardens.

    The range of business and career opportunities include, fruit and vegetable grower or farm manager, green keeping, grounds maintenance, ornamental plant production, retail nurseries, landscaping and garden design. 

    On successful completion students are awarded a BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma in Horticulture for each of these qualifications.

    Commercial Horticulture Production Pathway

    Example units Plant and soil science, Business management, Organic crop production, Plant propagation, Plant health and protection, Nursery stock production, Planting and care of trees.

    Garden Landscaping and Design Pathway
    Example units- Principles of landscape and garden design , Plant and soil science, Machinery operations, Business management, Tree and Shrub maintenance, Turf management, Identification and selection of ornamental plants.

    Sports Turf Management Pathway
    Example units- Machinery Operations, Plant and soil science, Principles of turf Management, Contract management in land based industries, Manage Sports Turf Surfaces (football, Rugby, Golf, Cricket), Maintain turf in parks and gardens, Business Management.


    You may wish to move into self- employment; or an Advanced Apprenticeship, which allows you to combine work with further training. You could also use this qualification to progress into Higher Education and study for a Foundation Degree in Landscape and Amenity Management at Easton & Otley College or a BSc (Hons) Horticulture or FdSc Sports Turf


    Applications for Further Education full time, access to HE, apprenticeships and part time courses are made online. Go on to the relevant course page and click on the 'Apply Now' button to start the application process. Applications for short courses are made by contacting the College Admissions Team on 08000 224556. Higher Education programme applications should be made via UCAS in the first instance, UCAS website

    For students resident in England and aged 18 and under on 31 August, before they are due to start their course in September, then your full time course fees are fully funded. For students aged 19 and over, and those looking to study a short course, please contact the College Admissions Team for more details on 08000 224556.

    There are buses from all over Norfolk and Suffolk which will drop students off at college. For details of bus routes and other transport options, please see the 'Easton Transport Information' link or Otley Transport Information .

    Once we receive your application for your course we will check your details and any grades/predicted grades to make sure that you meet any entry requirements. The College Admissions Team will then contact you to arrange your interview with a course tutor. If you are successful at your interview then you will be offered a place on your chosen course or if the tutor feels that you may be suited to another course they will advise you of this.

    We will then invite you to attend a Keep in Touch day held in early July where you can come on to campus, meet your tutors and other students hoping to study the same course, gain some campus familiarisation, learn more about your course, do some activities and ask any questions that you may have.

    Enrolment commences once GCSE results are released, you will be sent details regarding completing your enrolment in July, advising of a date and time.

    Once you have successfully completed your enrolment you will receive your timetable and confirmation of your course start date.

    You don't need to let the college know your GCSE results, instead you should attend your enrolment appointment, which will have been sent to you beforehand. Please bring all exam results with you so that we can make sure you have met the entry requirements for your course.

    Don't panic if you haven't got the grades for your chosen course, we will always try and find a suitable course for you. We will be able to offer you an alternative course in the same or similar subject area. We will do this when you attend for your enrolment where there will also be course tutors on hand to speak to you about your course options.

    If you have done better than predicted then we can also change your course offer to the most appropriate level. Again this is all done at enrolment.

    We strongly encourage all students to source their own work placement however we are aware that sometimes this can be difficult. We have work placement coordinators who can help you find your work placement and ensure that all students are able to fulfill this requirement. More information will be provided to you prior to you starting your course. Please see Work Placement for more information.

    The college term dates can found using the following link;

    College officially starts back on the first full week of September however not all courses will start on the Monday. You will advised of your actual start date at enrolment.

    Applications for the college bursary are made online. You should make sure that you read the guidance notes prior to making an application to ensure that you are eligible. Further information can be found on Financial Support