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Level: 1

Location: Broomfield Hall

Years: 1

Weeks: 1

Hours: 5.50

Start: 20/05/2017

Days / Times: Saturday 10:00 to 16:00

Tuition (£): 55.00*

Interview: N

Course Summary

Dry stone walling is the ancient technique of building walls from locally available stone to provide a stock proof barrier. This course enables you to learn the techniques involved by building a section of wall under the supervision of an experienced craftsman.

Entry requirements

You will need to be physically fit for this practical course.

There are no formal entry requirements.

Course Content

The course aims to show you how to correctly build a straight forward section of dry stone wall. You will participate in every stage of its construction - from selecting stones and placing them correctly to finally completing the wall with the coping stones. You will also learn how to erect a batter frame, set your guide strings and correctly cut stone using a brick hammer.

How will I be assessed?

You will be continually assessed during the day and will be given guidance on how to improve your techniques and skills.

Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?

You will be required to supply your own:

  • Waterproofs
  • Steel toe-capped boots
  • Gloves

All chisels, goggles and other equipment will be supplied. 

What can I do after this course?

Derby College offers a range of one-day, weekend and evening courses relating to agriculture and a wide range of other land-based topics - please see the Derby College Part-time Prospectus for a full list and details.


* 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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Helen Towle

Helen Towle

Extended diploma leads to ecology role for conservation lover Helen

Conservation lover Helen Towle is now working in her dream job as an ecologist after completing an extended diploma in Countryside Management at Derby College.Helen, who gained a distinction in her diploma, also has a place to study wildlife conservation at Nottingham Trent University thanks to her qualification.Since leaving college she has received several ecology job offers but has decided to work for someone else as a self-employed ecologist as it offers more flexibility.And, due to volume of work Helen has opted to defer her university place until September 2017.Helen, who is 35 always wanted to work in conservation but due to ill health when she first left school ended up working in an office before eventually becoming an accountant.Three years ago though she decided to train for the career she had always wanted and found the extended diploma to be the perfect course. She was also able to access funding help with her studies via the 24 plus loan.
Helen added:

I'm a volunteer with Derbyshire Wildlife Trust and a member of Derbyshire Bat Conservation Group so the practical conservation and ecology parts of my course were the ones I enjoyed the most. The teaching at Derby College was great. Our tutors were so knowledgeable.
"I now hold a bat species licence which means I have the authority to check bat boxes. "It's a fulfilling role and I'm planning go into college to talk to students on the diploma course about working with protected species.

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