This qualification provides a route to employment in professional horticulture by assessing knowledge of the scientific principles underpinning horticultural practices. It also supports career development for those already working in the profession. In addition, it provides a foundation for further learning or training in the field of horticulture.
While there are no formal pre-requisites for entry to the qualification, it is strongly recommended that students have obtained the RHS Level 2 Certificate in the Principles of Garden Planning, Establishment and Maintenance - or an equivalent qualification - before they commence the course.
There are two examinations, one in February and one in June.
You will be required to supply your own steel toe-cap boots.
Additional equipment you will need to provide consists of a drawing board, set squares, scale ruler, and ink pens (drafting).
After completion of this course, you will be able to further your studies by attending the RHS Practical Certificate Level 3 and RHS Theory Level 3 courses.
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.