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Level: 3

Location: Broomfield Hall

Years: 1

Weeks: 20

Hours: 3.00

Start: 12/09/2016

Days / Times:

Tuition (£): 395.00*

Interview: Y

Course Summary

Individual modules of the full-time Level 3 Extended Diploma in Horticulture can be studied part-time.  The course content will depend upon the unit being studied.

Entry requirements

You need:

  • Successful achievement at Level 2.
  • Four passes at GCSE grade C or above, preferably including English Language.  Two should be in Science or one in Mathematics and one in Science. 
  • A relevant NVQ2 qualification

We will consider mature learners who lack qualifications but have the academic ability and can demonstrate that they are prepared to take on the commitment required. 

You will have an interview before enrolling.

Course Content

Units available are:

  • Business management in the land-based sector
  • Understand the principles of plant science
  • Understand the principles of soil science
  • Undertake and review work experience in the land-based industries
  • Land-based machinery operations
  • Undertake identification, selection and use of ornamental plants
  • Establish and manage exterior plant displays
  • Understand historical influences on the development of gardens
  • Understand and carry out identification, planting and care of trees
  • Undertake tree and shrub pruning and maintenance
  • Understand the principles and practices of landscape and garden design
  • Maintain turf in parks and gardens
  • Manage plant propagation activities
  • Construct and restore walls
  • Ecology and conservation
  • Construct and maintain decorative landscape features
  • Manage advanced nursery stock production
  • Understand the principles and identify the signs of pests and diseases of trees

How will I be assessed?

The course is continually assessed.  All units are assessed and graded as Pass, Merit or Distinction depending upon the grading criteria being met.  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?

This will depend upon the unit being studied.  Advice will be provided at the interview.

What can I do after this course?

You can progress to any of the other units from the Extended Diploma in Horticulture which are offered through part-time study.  If sufficient units are studied, it may be possible to complete the Extended Diploma in Horticulture over an extended period as a 'flexible' learner.


* 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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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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