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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 progres to year 2 of this course, you will be required to obtain a pass 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 »

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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