Level 3 Horticulture

Careers, Not Just Courses

Find your pathway into the world of plants…

BMC has a rich heritage as a leading provider of land-based courses in the East Midlands, and for generations, students have gained excellent experience on our 850 acre Brooksby campus, getting hands-on training in every aspect of Horticulture. We offer the perfect place to study as we are able to provide a practical focus, combining theory with real-life experience.

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Key facts

  • Start date: September
  • Duration: 2 Years (full-time)
  • Location: Brooksby
  • Fees: This course is fully funded for school leavers.
    If you are a mature student, a fee may apply. Please contact us for more information.

Your future

Our Horticulture students have gone on to secure jobs as landscapers, nursery and garden centre managers, gardeners, grounds-keepers, estates managers and even plant breeders.

Pathways include hard and soft landscaping, garden design, production and retail, and sports turf.

Our Level 3 (2 year) courses also allow students to progress on to University.

Entry requirements

5 GCSEs at grade C/4 or above including English OR Level 2 Horticulture at Distinction grade and Level 1 Functional Skills

If you miss the English and/or Maths requirements of your course, don’t worry – there are options to study these alongside your course. Click here to find out more.

Adult students are welcome to apply.


  • Plant & Soil Science
  • Identification & Care of Plants & Trees
  • Routine Plant Management
  • Participation & Planning in Horticultural Tasks & Events
  • Work Experience
  • Tree & Shrub Pruning & Maintenance
  • Estate Skills
  • Contemporary Issues in the Land-based Sector
  • Maintenance of Sport & Amenity Turf


  • Purpose-built workshops
  • State-of-the-art glasshouses featuring automatic vent and temperature controls, which ensure optimum conditions for growing plants.
  • 850-acre Brooksby Estate with 15 acres of gardens and its very own mixed-use farm.
  • Benefit from working with other courses and their facilities, such as Floristry, Countryside Management and Agriculture.

Enrichment Activities

  • Course relevant trips to the likes of Chatsworth House, the Leicester City Football Club ground, and plant production nurseries.
  • Attend events such as Saltex and LAMMA.
  • Take an industry relevant short course alongside your full-time qualification, such as Royal Horticultural Society Courses or Felling and Processing Trees up to 380mm (CS31).
  • Participate in BMC’s Open Farm Sunday, where hundreds of guests visit the Glasshouses at Brooksby to purchase the famously good plants!
  • Guest speakers, from the likes of Plant Heritage and the Soil Association.


Accommodation is available to Level 2 & 3 Horticulture students.

Would you like to start a course at BMC in September, but are struggling with the distance? Our on-site, 16-18 fully-catered accommodation at our Brooksby Campus could be the perfect solution!

If you would like to find out more about our accommodation offer:

T: 01664 850 850

E: accommodation@brooksbymelton.ac.uk

Visit Us

If you like what you’ve seen so far, why not come along to our next Brooksby Campus Open Event?

This is a fantastic way for you to get a feel for what it’s like to be a student at BMC. You will get to meet our industry-expert teaching staff, tour our fantastic facilities and find out everything you need to know about courses at BMC.

For a list of our upcoming events, click here.

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