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Work-based Horticulture NPTC Level 3 Diploma

This course is an assessment of work-based learning within your industry sector and benefits from the amazing practical facilities offered at Shuttleworth College.

Entry requirements

You will need at least three GCSEs, grades A*-D (including maths and English), or alternatively an equivalent Level 1 qualification supported by good references and a minimum of Functional Skills at Level 1 in English and maths.

Course content

This course will be delivered and assessed in the work place. The aim of the course is to assess knowledge acquired through working in industry rather than through formal classroom sessions. The units are aimed at people in supervisory roles.

  • Principles of plant science
  • Principles of soil science
  • Work-related experience
  • Establishing and maintaining plants outdoors
  • Introduction to land-based machinery operations
  • Understanding the principles of sports and amenity turf maintenance
  • Participating in propagation techniques.

(Please note: there may be minor changes to the units listed.) A complete list of units are available depending on your pathway and you will also study Health & Safety.

Assessment methods

Observation and written/knowledge evidence.

Funding information

If you are aged 19 or over you may qualify for an Advanced Learner Loan to help you pay the tuition fees for this course. Alternatively, you can pay by instalments to help make the cost of this course more affordable. Find out more about your payment options and how your loan could be written off at

Course Information & How to Apply

To book onto this course please contact our Business Development team on 01234 291747 or email

LengthStart DateFees per yearLocationCourse Code
Up to 2 years Flexible Ring our Sales team on 01234 291747Ring our Sales team on 01234 291747 Shuttleworth College B1245

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Additional Learning Support
If you have a specific learning difficulty or disability, are deaf or hearing impaired, our Additional Learning Support team are on hand to give you assistance whenever you need it.  Find out more.

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We have access arrangements in place to help students with disabilities or any other particular needs. Call us on 01234 291000 for more information.

Additional formats
Course information sheets are also available in large print and audio formats. Call us on
01234 291000 to order your copy.

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If you’re aged 19 or over on the start date of your chosen course, you can apply for a loan to cover the tuition fees for some Level 3+ qualifications. There’s also nothing to pay back until you’ve completed your course and you’re earning over £25,000 per year!

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