Horticulture, Landscaping and Sports Turf

Sub sector

720 Guided Learning Hours


New entrant / guardian


England, Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales

Level 3 Advanced Technical Extended Diploma in Horticulture (720)

The Level 3 Advanced Technical Extended Diploma in Horticulture is for learners who are interested in developing the specific technical and professional skills and knowledge that will lead to meaningful employment in the Horticulture industry. It gives you the opportunity to learn about and build on the essentials of working in horticulture.

You will learn skills such as safe working, using equipment and machinery, plant identification, plant health and soil science, pruning and maintenance and business skills. You will learn further specialist skills which could include protected and outdoor horticultural crop production, water management (irrigation and drainage), turf management or planning landscape and garden designs, site surveying and levelling out, using computer aided design and managing landscape projects. You could also learn about more advanced horticultural science or the historical influences on the development of gardens.

Compulsory topics include:

  • Safe working practices
  • Identification, selection and planting of plants
  • Maintain turf
  • Machinery operations
  • Plant health and protection
  • Learners will also be able to choose additional optional topics, including:
  • Advanced horticultural science
  • Sustainable development
  • Plant propagation activities
  • Landscape and garden design
  • Construct and maintain decorative landscape features
  • Computer aided design in horticulture
  • Horticultural production techniques
  • Advanced nursery stock production
  • Construct and establish sports and amenity turf areas
  • Manage sports turf surfaces
  • Water management

This qualification exposes you to many parts of the horticultural industry, and the opportunities within it. On completion, it is likely that you will enter the industry by
working within a public or private park or garden, for a landscape company or for a plant nursery. As you will have gained a wide range of skills and knowledge over a wide range of units, you could progress within work to become a:

You might progress into work as a:

  • Production supervisor
  • Landscape team leader / supervisor
  • Park team supervisor

You may also wish to become self-employed, and could undertake roles such as a freelance gardener or garden designer, or set up your own landscape company.

For more information, read the Level 3 Advanced Technical Extended Diploma in Horticulture Qualification Handbook

Level 3 Advanced Technical Extended Diploma in Horticulture (720) website

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