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Level: 2

Location: Broomfield Hall

Years: 1

Weeks: 36

Hours: 3.00

Start: Roll On Roll Off - Contact Us

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Tuition (£): 0.00*

Concessions: 599.00***

Interview: Y

Course Summary

This general practical horticultural course will equip you with all the basic skills to carry out plant propagation, soil testing and the establishment of plants. You will also learn how to identify and prune a large range of plants. It is a course for the keen, enthusiastic gardener.

Entry requirements

No formal qualifications are required - you just need a keen interest in gardening.

Course Content

The qualification has a credit value of 15. The qualification consists of seven units. Credits for a unit will be awarded to a candidate once they have reached the level of competency for all the specified tasks.

The course covers:

  • Sowing seeds and vegetative propagation techniques
  • Soil testing
  • Practical skills in ground preparation for seeding and planting
  • Practical skills in establishing seeds and plants in soil
  • Care and pruning of plants
  • Identification of a range of common garden plants, weeds, pests, diseases and disorders, and beneficial organisms

How will I be assessed?

Assessment will be conducted by Derby College staff using Royal Horticultural Society criteria. There is continuous practical assessment on the course.

Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?

You will need:

  • Steel toe cap boots
  • Boiler suit
  • Wet weather gear
  • Pen and paper

What can I do after this course?

Further Study

You could progress to a subsidiary diploma in Horticulture, the RHS Level 2 Diploma in Horticulture.


This course offers the ideal introduction to the practical skills needed to work in garden maintenance in a self-employed capacity.


* Tuition - This figure is the fee to be paid if you are not entitled to any concessions.
*** Co-Tuition - This figure is the fee to be paid if you are entitled to any partial concessions.

This course is run at the Broomfield Hall Campus

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About Broomfield Hall »

Callum Reeves

Callum Reeves

Callum’s horticultural career takes root

A loving grandfather’s gift of an allotment sowed the seeds of a growing career which is being nurtured by Derby College.

Calum Reeves was just eight when his grandad passed away and he inherited the plot they had spent hours together tending.

Now aged 18, Callum has a part-time job as a fruit and vegetable gardener at the National Trust-owned Clumber Park Estate, while working towards his Level 3 Diploma in Horticultural Studies at Broomfield Hall.

Callum has already gained a distinction at Level 2, and his achievements are all the more remarkable given he is dyslexic and left school with no GCSEs.

Without the help of the college I wouldn’t have got this nice job. I would have had no chance if the staff hadn’t been there to help me get my CV together.
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