Horticulture (BTEC)  
One of our gardens at RHS Chelsea Flower Show

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.

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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


Fact file
Entry requirements: Please see the Applying section
Starting: October
Course length: One year full-time, two years part-time
Study location: Brackenhurst campus

Fees and funding:

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