Level 3 in Landscape Maintenance (part-time)

This two year part-time City & Guilds Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Work-based Horticulture course is specifically aimed at people maintaining parks and open spaces and those offering professional landscape maintenance services. On completion of this course, students receive a Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Horticulture.

Course content

The main areas of study are:

  • Constructing hard landscape features
  • Investigative project
  • Machinery operations
  • Plant and soil science (core subject)
  • Pruning trees and shrubs

Progression opportunities and career destinations

This course may provide students with an opportunity to progress onto a Foundation Degree programme, where a specific landscape pathway is offered.

Entry Requirements

Normally applicants must be working in landscape maintenance for a minimum of one day a week and have a:

Level 2 Diploma in Horticulture or above, or an equivalent qualification and normally Grade C in English and Mathematics or equivalent.


Normally four GCSE passes at Grade C or above including English and Mathematics. Applicants mustalso demonstrate that they have a minimum of 40 hours work experience in horticulture, which can be acquired prior to leaving school.


Applicants who can demonstrate significant relevant industry experience will also be considered. These applicants may be required to submit work-based evidence and undertake written assessments and/or practical competence tests as part of the assessment.

Key staff

Paul Campbell

Paul Campbell

Senior Lecturer Work-based and Apprenticeship Programmes (Horticulture)Horticulture,
Greenmount Campus