This 12-week programme, running from September to December 2020, will enable you to build up your skillset for roles within the horticulture sector. You will cover a range of topics and enhance both your theoretical knowledge and practical skills.
The programme is aimed at those students who have secured a placement opportunity with a relevant employer, starting from January 2021, or for students aged 19+ aiming to gain further practical and theoretical knowledge and skills to support their future apprenticeship or employment applications.
The course will include attendance at Broomfield Hall, remote learning via the Microsoft Teams platform, and undertaking relevant work experience within a placement of your choice. The programme will offer you guidance on the industry, career routes and pathways, and a broad range of key discussion points to help you within your chosen career.
You should have obtained a Level 2 qualification in a relevant subject.
You will also be required to have obtained GCSE English/Maths at grade 2/D.
Relevant industry experience is advantageous.
You will cover a range of topics including but not limited to:
You will be assessed through written essays, professional discussions and practical observations.
You will be required to purchase the necessary PPE such as steel toe-cap boots, a lab coat and the DCG uniform T-shirt/jumper.
You can progress into an apprenticeship, should you have secured a suitable employer, or to other employment in the sector.
Tree surgeon Nathanael Confaloni had an inkling that he could run a business, but somehow doubted that he ever would.
But after taking Horticulture Level 2 and 3 at Derby College, and with a little nudge from his lecturers, that is exactly what he is doing. Nathanael, 24, got a love for gardening and landscaping from both of his green-fingered grandfathers.
He decided to take Horticulture at Broomfield Hall. The Level 2 course – "it was really good" – gave him skills and knowledge in areas such as plant nursery, landscaping and plant stock.
He said Level 3 furthered his skills and gave him the option of going on to university. But during college, Nathanael had worked part-time with the landscaping and tree surgery business, MW Haspel.
When he was offered a full-time job, he decided to go down that route, and also gained his qualifications for tree surgery. After a period with another business, Nathanael accepted the opportunity to return and run and manage MW Haspel's tree surgery operation.
Derby College had given him the skills and knowledge to set him on the road, with Level 3 giving him "a really helpful" insight into business management. His dad also managed his own business, fitting security cameras and lights, which provided useful background knowledge.
In future he said he may have the opportunity to take on the business entirely. And the best part of the job? The "awesome" views from the top of the tallest trees.
When I started at college I kind of thought of the idea of setting up on my own but didn't really think I would run a business. The lecturers gave me a little push and a bit of advice. Derby College was very important to me.
It's given me the skills and the knowledge I've got now. The lecturers were absolutely brilliant – all of them.