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Level: 2

Location: Broomfield Hall

Years: 1

Weeks: 10

Hours: 3.00

Start: 11/09/2018

Days / Times: Various 00:00 to 00:00

Tuition (£): 150.00*

Interview: N

Course Summary

This course explores the main features, designers and influences relating to garden design throughout history. It includes up-to-date trends drawn from RHS shows.

Entry requirements

You just need a keen interest in horticulture and garden history.

Course Content

There are five learning outcomes. The learner will:

  • Know the characteristics and influences of gardens from ancient civilisations to early European gardens
  • Know the characteristics and influences of 18th Century gardens
  • Know the characteristics and influences of 19th Century gardens
  • Understand 20th Century design styles
  • Understand garden history in the present day context.

How will I be assessed?

There will be an assignment covering underpinning knowledge.

Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?

You will need computer and internet access at home.

What can I do after this course?


You can go on to complete a RHS Practical Certificate in Horticultural or Garden Planning.


* Tuition - This figure is the tuition fee to be paid - There are no concessionary fees available.

This course is run at the Broomfield Hall Campus

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Nathanael Confaloni

Nathanael Confaloni

Nathanael branches out to manage tree surgery business

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.

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