Skip to main content Skip to footer

Practical Horticulture RHS – Certificate – Level 3



Type of study





Sparsholt College, SO21 2NF


09:30 - 16:30

Course Status

To register your interest for the 2024/25 course intake (commencing September 2024), please email and we will notify you once applications open in Summer 2024.

What will I learn?

Following on from the Level 2 Certificate, this course leads to the RHS Certificate Level 3 in Practical Horticulture. Please note at Level 3 this course is about the management of practical activities as well as the application.

The qualification consists of four core units and one optional unit covering the following subject areas:
– Collecting and testing 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
– Planning, collecting, preparing and establishing propagation material (Option)

Entry Requirements

As a centre a prerequisite for the entry to our suite of RHS Level 3 qualifications is for students to have completed an RHS Level 2 Certificate or the equivalent in relevant subjects before they commence on the course. This is due to the Level 3 qualifications changing this academic year with a change in assessment and more complex delivery.

Please note RHS assessments – it is intended that students undertake the assessments for RHS in the academic year of registration, this allows for the best chance of success as assessments are taken while the syllabus knowledge is fresh.

Further Information

Steel toe capped boots or very sturdy walking boots/approach shoes are essential for the participation of this course.

Delivered on site at Sparsholt College Horticulture Unit one day per week, term time only over seven months . Course day relates directly to the intake start date and can vary between academic years.

Please Note

Due to funding restrictions this course is not available to existing full time Sparsholt College/Andover College students aged 16, 17 or 18 (or 19-24 with an EHCP) on the 31/8 in the year they started their course.