RHS Level 3

Level 3 qualifications not only offer opportunities for employment, but also enable you to begin to specialise in your area of interest. They offer proficiency for those looking for employment in horticulture, they can support further career and professional development for those already working in the field, or they can provide a basis for continued learning or training.


RHS Level 3: Certificate in the Principles of Plant Growth, Health and Applied Propagation (PDF, 308kB)

This theory-based qualification consists of 4 units. The course run between September and June on Wednesdays (7-9.30pm).  

Contact botanic-gardens@bristol.ac.uk for further details.


RHS Level 3: Certificate in the Principles of Garden Planning, Construction and Planting (PDF, 295kB)

This theory based qualification consists of 4 units. The course runs on Mondays (7-9.30pm) between September and June.

Contact botanic-gardens@bristol.ac.uk for further details.


RHS Level 3 Practical Qualification: Certificate in Practical Horticulture (PDF, 311kB)

Course runs on Saturdays with twenty study days spread between February and October. While there are no pre-requisites for entry to the qualification, it is strongly recommended that participants have obtained a RHS Level 2 Certificate before they commence the course. Expressions of interest in the course beginning February 2016 now being taken. Please note places will not be allocated until November 2015.

The qualification is award on the basis of continuous assessment which takes place accross the four mandatory units:

Plus unit R3215 (Planning, collecting, preparing and establishing propagation material).

This is a practical qualification that does test underpinning knowledge and horticultural best practice through completion of a considerable number of written assessment proform, short reports and risk assessments. Download our Frequently asked questions (PDF, 266kB) regarding this qualification.

Students who successfully complete all the necessary units for the Level 3 qualifications listed below will gain the Level 3 Diploma in the Principles and Practices of Horticulture (45 Credits).