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Level: 3

Location: Broomfield Hall

Years: 2

Interview: Y

Course Summary

This course will enable you to develop learning, practical and professional skills - as well as personal qualities - through work-related projects, industrial placements and demonstrations in a horticultural environment.  

Entry requirements

You will need one of the following:
  • Successful achievement on a Level 2 course graded at Merit or above, or
  • Four passes at GCSE grade C or above, preferably including English Language, and two of which should be in Science or one in Mathematics and one in Science, or
  • A relevant NVQ2 (WBL), or
  • Significant work experience

The course is also open to mature learners who lack qualifications but have academic ability and can demonstrate that they are prepared to take on the commitment required.  

To progress to Year 2 of this course, you will be required to obtain a Merit grade or above during your first year.

Course Content

This will be discussed at your interview.

How will I be assessed?

The type of assessment varies but may include practical skill tests, case studies, written reports and presentations.

Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?

At the start of the course, you will need to buy protective clothing and footwear for all practical activities.  Advice will be provided at the time of your interview. You will also need writing materials.

What can I do after this course?

You can progress to a higher level course such as a degree programme or advance to employment in the horticultural industry.


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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