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Level: 2

Location: Broomfield Hall

Years: 1

Interview: Y

Course Summary

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.

Entry requirements

You should be at least 16 years old, have a commitment to working in the horticulture industry and have achieved four GCSE passes at grades D-G.  You will need good literacy and numeracy skills as well as the ability to organise written information. 

Appropriate industrial experience and the ability to demonstrate that you are prepared for dedicated work in the horticulture industry would be beneficial.

You must have a minimum of a Merit grade to progress to an Advanced Diploma.

Course Content

You will be advised of the full course content at your interview.   You will take Functional Skills as part of the course.

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed when carrying out a series of practical tasks such as laying paving slabs, pruning and tree planting, as well as on your written work where appropriate.  There will also be plant names to learn for identification tests and portfolios to create on weeds, pests and diseases.  You will have to answer underpinning knowledge questions too.

Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?

You are required to wear protective clothing and footwear for all practical activities.  You will have to buy these at the start of the course.  Full details will be given at your interview.

You will also need to provide a folder and dividers for your portfolio, along with writing materials.

What can I do after this course?

After this course, you can progress to the Advanced Diploma in Horticulture, Countryside or Arboriculture.  However, you must have a minimum of a Merit grade to progress to an Advanced Diploma.


This course is run at the Broomfield Hall Campus

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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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