Horticulture student working on some plants in the garden

Entry Level 3 Award in Practical Horticulture Skills

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Course content

This course provides practical experience and knowledge of the horticulture sector. It will help learners decide whether to undertake further training or employment within the occupational area.


  • Recognise parts of plants
  • Recognise use and care for tools used in horticulture
  • Introduction to lawn care
  • Plant flower bulbs for naturalisation or bedding
  • Prepare and plant an area
  • Sow seeds indoors in containers
  • Prick out seedlings singly
  • Prune hedges by hand

Who is the course for?

  • People aged 16 – 18
  • People aged up to 24 who declare a disability and have an EHC Plan

Entry requirements

  • An interest in land based industry as an area of employment.
  • Have completed the Introduction to Horticulture course and Entry Level 2 Award.


  • Level 1 Horticulture course
  • Employment in the Horticulture sector in a role such as Gardener Assistant, Garden Centre Assistant, Landscape Gardener Assistant or Self Employed Gardener

When does the course run?

September 2019

Study Programme

If you are aged 16 – 18 or up to 24 who declare a disability and have an EHC Plan, this course will form part of your study programme. The programme also includes English and maths qualifications, employability skills, a work placement and other personal development and enrichment opportunities.

Course Fees

Courses are free for all students aged 16 – 18 (or up to 24 if you declare a disability and have an Education, Health & Care Plan).