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Practical Horticulture RHS – Certificate – Level 3



Type of study





Sparsholt College, SO21 2NF


09:30 - 16:30

Course Status

note applications have now closed for our last remaining intake of this course
format due to changes being made by the RHS to their Level 2 and Level 3
qualifications. Please see the RHS website for information on the changes to
their Level 2 qualifications from September 2022 and Level 3 qualifications from
September 2023 : Study for an RHS Horticultural Qualification / RHS

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

Whilst there are no formal prerequisites for entry to the Level 3 qualifications, it is strongly recommended that students who undertake this qualification have obtained the RHS Level 2 Certificates or equivalent in relevant subjects before they commence on the course.

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

Please note that RHS Qualifications across Level 2 and Level 3 are changing for September 2022 therefore, this RHS Level 3 course will be the last course available on the old syllabus. The new syllabus will be available for September 2023.