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Level: 3

Location: Broomfield Hall

Years: 1

Weeks: 36

Hours: 3.00

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Tuition (£): 850.00*

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Course Summary

The Level 3 Certificate in Practical Horticulture focuses on developing the essential basic horticultural skills. These not only offer opportunities for employment, but also provide the foundation for further skills development at Levels 2 and 3.

By carefully focusing on key essential skills, it has been possible to develop a practical qualification that can be studied on a part-time basis, either during the day or in the evening. RHS theoretical and practical qualifications are offered separately in order to provide maximum flexibility to candidates, providers and employers. 
 

Entry requirements

You need a Level 2 RHS or equivalent qualification, such as a Level 2 Diploma in Horticulture (Dist) or Subsidiary Diploma at Level 3. 

Course Content

  • Soil testing
  • Plant propagation
  • Establishing and maintaining a range of different plant forms
  • Plant, weed, pest and disease identification and control
  • Management of green spaces, landscaped areas and ornamental gardens
     

How will I be assessed?

The course will be assessed throughout its duration to meet RHS criteria.

Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?

You will need to provide your own:

  • Steel toe-capped boots
  • Secateurs
  • Knife
  • Writing materials

What can I do after this course?

After the course, students can progress to the HNC in Professional Gardening or complete the Level 3 Garden Planning unit.
 

 

 

* 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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Stuart Thom

Stuart Thom

Stuart shelves the bookshop for a high level gardening career

Former mature horticulture student Stuart Thom has reinvented his entire career through hard work and the support of Derby College. Just over ten years ago, Stuart was unhappy in his work at bookshops in Ashbourne and Derby. He decided he needed a change – to find a career where he could see the seasons change and work outside.

Stuart attended an open evening at Broomfield Hall, where tutors pointed him towards Level 2 National Certificate in Horticulture. He liked the course and enrolled. Nervous about "going back to school", Stuart said the environment was welcoming and encouraging. The course provided "tasters" of the sector and helped him decide which areas he wanted to pursue.

At an early stage he found the "plant side" of horticulture really appealed, as opposed to other areas such as hard landscaping. His tutors encouraged him to go on to take the two year Level 3 Diploma. And seeing his potential, they supported his application to study for the Royal Horticultural Society's prestigious Wisley Diploma in Practical Horticulture at RHS Garden Wisley in Surrey.

He was one of just ten people accepted on the course in his year. Now aged 41, Stuart has worked for the Crown Estate as a fulltime gardener at the Savill Garden in Windsor Great Park. He and his gardener wife Nadine are now working in Scotland, where Stuart is RHS co-ordinator at the National Trust for Scotland-run Threave Garden in Dumfries and Galloway.

Derby College was invaluable, and I wouldn't be where I am now without it. Being a mature student, I was quite nervous because you are going back to school, effectively 10 years or something after leaving for the first time. But everybody was so welcoming, and so encouraging. If you put in the effort you get it returned.


I can't thank the tutors enough: I'm so happy with my career now. It was a bit of gamble to change career but I worked hard and college really supported me and it paid off.

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