The Level 2 Diploma in Horticulture places an emphasis on learning by doing. You will complete practical assignments to demonstrate the skills you have attained, along with some written submissions to confirm your theoretical understanding of certain topics.
You need to be highly motivated and demonstrate a keen interest in your chosen subject. Offers of a place on the course are dependent on your qualifications. You will need:
You will have an interview and initial assessment. Parents and carers are welcome to attend the interview but not the initial assessment. You will also need to show an example of your current work during interview.
If you are a mature learner, we may be able to take into consideration your previous experience in your chosen subject.
To progress to the Advanced Diploma in Horticulture, you will need to pass this course with a Merit grade or above.
You will be advised of the full course content at your interview.
You will also be required to study Maths and English if you have not obtained a C grade at GCSE level.
You will be assessed continually during practicals, on your written assignments and via a knowledge test. You will also need to complete a portfolio of evidence.
You will be required to supply your own:
After this course, you can progress to the Advanced Diploma in Horticulture, Countryside or Arboriculture. However, you must obtain a minimum of a Merit grade to progress.
Derby College offers a range of one-day, weekend and evening courses relating to Horticulture, as well as a wide range of other land-based topics - please see the Derby College Part-time Prospectus for a full list and details.
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.
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