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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 »

Dan Brennen

Dan Brennen

Set to flourish in landscape gardening

Former Horticulture learner Dan Brennen flew the flag for Broomfield Hall by scooping a gold medal in the WorldSkills UK final – after building a garden in just 18 hours.

Dan, now studying Landscape Architecture at the University of Sheffield, impressed industry experts who judged his efforts at the Skills Show held at the NEC.

There to represent Derby College, he was part of a team which built a garden from scratch, including laying block paving and slabs, building raised beds, installing a water feature and planting.

Dan’s success gave him the chance to work with a specialist training team to prepare for a further WorldSkills challenge in Northern Ireland – so he gained even more skills to take forward into his working life.

Being part of WorldSkills was a fantastic experience and I’ve learnt so much. The additional training I’ve done as part of the competition will earn me a Level 4 qualification which, along with my degree, will hopefully greatly improve my job prospects after university.
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