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RHS Level 2 Certificate in the Principles of Garden Planning, Establishment and MaintenanceApply Now »

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Level: 2

Location: Broomfield Hall

Years: 1

Weeks: 36

Hours: 3.00

Start: 14/09/2021

Days / Times: Tuesday 09:15 to 12:30

Concessions: 850.00***

Interview: Y

Course Summary

This qualification provides a route to employment in professional horticulture by assessing your knowledge of the principles underpinning horticultural practices, and it supports career development for those already working in the profession. It also provides a foundation for further learning or training in the field of horticulture.

Entry requirements

You need to have a keen interest in horticulture and garden design.

You should also have a Level 1 qualification in English and Maths.

Course Content

  • Understanding garden features, plant selection and planning 
  • Understanding the choice, establishment and maintenance of garden plants and lawns 
  • Understanding the production of outdoor vegetables and fruit 
  • Understanding protected environments and their use in plant cultivation 

How will I be assessed?

The course will be assessed throughout to meet RHS criteria.

Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?

You will need to provide:

  • Steel toe-capped boots
  • A drawing board, set squares, scale ruler and ink pens for drafting

What can I do after this course?

You could go on to the following qualifications:

  • RHS Garden Planning Level 3
  • RHS Practical Certificate Level 2 or Level 3




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*** 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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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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