Horticulture Level 3

Borders College


Newtown St Boswells Campus


This course provides a step up from SVQ Horticulture Level at SCQF Level 5, giving students the opportunity to study horticulture at a higher level, whilst also gaining supervisory and valuable work experience. This broad-ranging course offers students an opportunity to complete the following units in historic gardens, on community projects and on the College’s campuses and glasshouse:

Promote, Monitor and Maintain Safety and Security; Identify and Name Plants Using Their Botanical Names; Co-ordinate the Clearance and Preparation of a Site for Planting; Carry Out Management of Planted Areas; Design Landscape Areas and Specify Materials and Components; Co-ordinate the Collection and Storage of Propagation Materials; Co-ordinate the Preparation and Establishment of Propagation Materials; Estimate Resource Requirements and Programme Work; Co-ordinate the Planting of Crops or Plants; Co-ordinate the Control of Pests, Diseases and Disorders; Co-ordinate the Collection of Plants for Sale or Dispatch; Manage Your Own Resources; Work Experience and Core Skills.

Entry Requirements

SVQ Horticulture Level at SCQF Level 5.

Progression Routes

Successful students may progress to HNC courses offered externally. Career options include becoming a self employed Gardener, Landscape Gardener, Garden Centre/Nursery Assistant, Local Authority Parks Department employee and work in Conservation.

Start Date





at SCQF Level 6

Study Method

Full time

Course Length

36 weeks


Horticulture and Landscaping

SCQF Level


Career Sectors


Aquaculture and Fishing

Arboriculture and Forestry

Earth Studies

Environmental and Rural Resource Management

Environmental Services

Horticulture and Landscaping

Work with Animals