RHS Level 3 Certificate in Practical Horticulture

The Cheadle College

The RHS Level 3 Certificate in Practical Horticulture provides a route to employment in professional horticulture by assessing a range of essential horticulture skills, and supports career development for those already working in the profession. It also provides a foundation for further training in the field of horticulture.

The qualification consists of 5 units covering the following subject areas:

  • Collecting and testing of soil samples and specifying adjustments for horticulture.
  • Collecting, preparing and propagating from seed.
  • Establishing and maintaining a range of plant types and forms.
  • Identification of a range of common garden plants, weeds, pests, diseases and disorders.
  • Management of green spaces, landscaped areas and ornamentals gardens.

When does it run? Thursdays 10.00 am – 2.00 pm

Why choose it? As this is an industry wide recognised qualification it is not only for those who want to improve their gardening knowledge, but also those who want to enter into or progress within the horticulture industry.

What skills do I need? An enthusiasm for gardening.

How will I learn? Assessment is by means of a range of practical activities.

Who takes it?

  • People of all ages who have a passion for plants and gardening
  • Anybody wanting to make the most of their allotment
  • Someone who is already working in gardening or the horticultural industry and would like a formal qualification
  • Those interested in a career change
  • Those who have retired and want to start a new hobby

Any other useful information?

A wide selection of reference material is available for use in the classroom and many books are available to borrow from the college library. All required tools are available for practical sessions, but learners may find it useful to have their own gloves and secateurs. Safety shoes or boots must be provided and worn by learners for all practical sessions.

This course leads to a qualification, but is no longer funded so the full fee is payable. However, you can fund the course fees through an Advanced Learner Loan. This allows you to defer payment until after your course ends and not before you earn a salary of £21,000 after which you will pay 9% of your income over £21,000 per year towards repayment. For more details see our page on Advanced Learner Loans here.

You may also be entitled to payments from the Advanced Learner Loan Bursary Fund if you are disadvantaged or on a low income. This can help with books, equipment, travel, meals, childcare and assistance in a sudden crisis. More information can be found on the Adult Learner Loan page. Please ask at enrolment if you would like further information