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Level: 1

Location: Broomfield Hall

Years: 1

Weeks: 1

Hours: 12.00

Start: Various Dates (Please press the Book Now Button to View Dates)

Days / Times: Various 09:30 to 16:00

Tuition (£): 120.00*
Full Concession: (0 Tuition/Exam Fee) available dependant on eligibility – A Full Concession is not applicable to a full-cost course

Interview: Y

Course Summary

This two-day course covers:

Day 1 AM

Plant Identification - introduce 20 trees/shrubs

Theory - Pruning Techniques:

  • 5 Ds
  • Formative
  • Maintenance
  • Restorative
  • Specialist eg. fruit

Theory - Pruning Timings:

  • deciduous
  • evergreen
  • ripewood
  • roses

Day 1 PM

Pruning - Demonstration and Practical

Plant Identification - Quiz/Ident Walk


Day 2 AM

Ground Preparation - Theory

  • Formal Bedding
  • Herbaceous Borders
  • Trees/Shrubs

Planning - Theory

  • Formal Bedding
  • Herbaceous Borders
  • Mixed Borders

Day 2 PM

Planting Practical

Plant Identification - Quiz/Ident Walk

Entry requirements

There are no entry requirements. Candidates should be keen to learn about gardening, and be able to work outdoors in any weather.

Course Content

The aims of the course are to help students to:

  • Learn 20 shrubs' common/botanical names
  • Develop pruning techniques
  • Develop ground preparation skills
  • Develop planting techniques

The course follows the framework of the City & Guilds Level 1 Certificate in Practical Horticulture, so candidates will receive a City & Guilds Certificate on completion.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment will be ongoing throughout the two days.

Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?

Students will need to wear appropriate safety footwear. Suitable wet weather clothing and gloves would be advantageous.

What can I do after this course?

  • Become a volunteer at a managed garden
  • Seek employment or an apprenticeship in the horticultural sector
  • Enrol on a Level 2 course (Derby College Group offers the Level 2 RHS Practical Certificate in Garden Planning and Theory and a full-time Level 2 Diploma)

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* Tuition - This figure is the fee to be paid if you are not entitled to any concessions.
*** Co-Tuition - This figure is the fee to be paid if you are entitled to any partial concessions.

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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