Horticulture (BTEC), Diploma

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Our Diploma in Horticulture encourages you to express your creativity and passion and explore a whole new world of opportunities. You’ll develop essential industry skills, study RHS gardens and nurseries and have the chance to undertake exciting and challenging projects. This is your chance to study something you love.

This qualification enables you to take the first step on your horticulture career journey whether you aspire to:

  • work in a heritage garden
  • set up your own business
  • progress on to a higher education course in horticulture or garden design.

Our level three horticulture course offers a broad horticultural education and provides an extremely pra…

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Our Diploma in Horticulture encourages you to express your creativity and passion and explore a whole new world of opportunities. You’ll develop essential industry skills, study RHS gardens and nurseries and have the chance to undertake exciting and challenging projects. This is your chance to study something you love.

This qualification enables you to take the first step on your horticulture career journey whether you aspire to:

  • work in a heritage garden
  • set up your own business
  • progress on to a higher education course in horticulture or garden design.

Our level three horticulture course offers a broad horticultural education and provides an extremely practical approach for those wishing to enter the industry.

Why choose this course?
  • You'll develop practical and technical skills that employers are looking for.
  • You'll gain a Level 3 qualification that will enable you to progress to our higher education and foundation degree courses in horticulture and garden design.
  • You'll gain valuable work experience opening up a range of career options in a variety of industry settings.
  • You'll have the opportunity to get involved with current horticultural research and exciting design projects.
  • You'll get the chance to be part of our award winning horticulture team and visit national shows and competitions.
  • You'll be able to use our outstanding facilities on our campus estate which is part of the DEFRA Environmental Stewardship scheme that supports effective environmental management of farm land and countryside estates.
Did you know that NTU?
  • won a Gold Award at the Chelsea Flower Show in 2013 - read all about it
  • achieved previous garden design awards at the Harrogate Flower Show
  • is one of the largest providers of land-based courses in the UK, and Brackenhurst has been delivering education for over 60 years.
What our students say

"I found the course to be a life changing experience. I learnt many new skills thanks to all the staff."

Francis Roome
Former BTEC Horticulture student

"I have found the course extremely interesting and enjoyable and it has provided me with an excellent all round knowledge. This has given me the confidence to either set up my own business venture or seek employment in horticulture. Brackenhurst itself provides an ideal environment to study for this course; the combination of engaging tutors in beautiful surroundings make for a highly stimulating experience."

Alison Jones
BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Horticulture

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How will I learn?

This course is delivered with a strong emphasis on practical activity. Industry representatives and guest speakers contribute to the course content, ensuring you develop the skills necessary for a career in horticulture. You'll undertake a mixture of practical sessions, demonstrations and class-based seminars.

  • Full-time: one year
  • Part-time: two years
What will I study? Year One
  • Investigative Project in the Land-based Sector
  • Principles of Plant Science
  • Principles of Soil Science
  • Identification, Planting and Care of Trees
  • Tree and Shrub Pruning and Maintenance
  • Review work Experience in the Land-based Industries.
Year Two
  • Business Management in The Land-based Sector
  • Undertake Identification, Selection and Use of Ornamental Plants
  • Establish and Manage Exterior Plant Displays
  • Maintain Turf in Parks and Gardens
  • Undertake Estate Skills
  • Manage Plant Propagation Activities
  • Undertake Horticultural Production Techniques – Protected Crops
Contact time / typical timetable

If you are full-time you'll be time-tabled for 16 hours a week over three days and complete in one academic year. If you study part-time you'll study over two academic years and you'll be time-tabled for one and a half days per week each year. You will be expected to put in additional study hours of approximately three to eight hours each week.

How will I be assessed?

Assessments are spread throughout the academic year. Assessment methods vary and include:

  • posters, leaflets
  • presentations
  • practical demonstrations
  • plant identification
  • project work books and portfolio’s
  • designs
  • lab files and survey work.
Field trips

During the course there will be a number of visits to gardens, nurseries, arboretums, horticultural businesses and events that will be an integral part of your course. We also run a programme of visits, guest speakers and advisers as part of a week of Horticultural Careers Activities.

How many places are available on this course? 20

About our horticulture facilities

Facilities on campus include an industry standard glasshouse complex, student plots and plant identification garden, modern classrooms, laboratories and teaching facilities, 200 hectare country estate, historic grounds in an eclectic range of styles including the Victorian Walled Garden, Victorian greenhouse range and peach case.

About Brackenhurst campus

Our beautiful rural Brackenhurst campus is a truly unique and special place to learn. Located near the historic market town of Southwell and just 14 from Nottingham city centre, Brackenhurst is an idyllic working farm estate with a mixture of woodland, wetland, arable crops, Victorian hall and walled gardens. It offers purpose-built teaching facilities including a glass greenhouse complex, student plots and plant identification gardens, and specialist laboratories.

New student accommodation is also available and students have on-site access to a library, careers service, computing facilities, shop, cafe and student bar. We have a lively community of students of all ages studying BTEC's, National Programmes, higher education degrees and postgraduate research.

What our students say

"Being taught by inspirational, motivated and very experienced tutors in a truly incredible setting certainly makes every lecture a genuine pleasure."

Nick Cook, Full time mature student studying our BTEC Diploma in Horticulture

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