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Level: 3

Location: Broomfield Hall

Years: 1

Weeks: 36

Hours: 3.00

Start: 12/09/2019

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

Tuition (£): 1246.00*

24+ Loan Amount: 1246.00****

Interview: Y

Course Summary

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. 

Entry requirements

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.

Course Content

  • Understanding garden survey techniques and design principles
  • Understanding the selection and use of landscaping elements in the garden
  • Understanding the setting out and construction of landscaping elements in the garden 
  • Understanding a range of specialist elements in the establishment of garden and urban plantings 


How will I be assessed?

There are two examinations, one in February and one in June.

Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?

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).

What can I do after this course?

Further Study

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.

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* Tuition - This figure is the tuition fee to be paid - There are no concessionary fees available.
**** Advanced Learner Loan: if you are aged 19 or over and want to study at Level 3, 4, 5 or 6, you could apply for an Advanced Learner Loan to help with the costs of your study. This is the fee that would need to be financed by a successful application for a loan. Alternatively, you or your employer could pay the fees directly.

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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