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Level: 2

Location: Broomfield Hall

Years: 1

Weeks: 6

Hours: 3.00

Start: 17/09/2020

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

Concessions: 200.00***

Interview: Y

Course Summary

Covering the principles of plant growth, propagation and development, this course comprises four units covering:

  • Plant classification
  • Structure and function
  • Plant nutrition and the root environment
  • Maintaining plant health and understanding plant propagation 

It also develops your plant identification skills.

Entry requirements

You need a very keen interest or a Level 2 Practical Certificate in Horticulture.

Course Content

  • Plant classification, structure and function - including taxonomy, plant physiology and processes e.g. respiration and photosynthesis
  • Plant nutrition and the root environment
  • Macro and micro-nutrients, soil science and plant growth
  • Plant identification
  • Methods of plant identification, including leaves, flowers, fruit etc.
  • Maintaining plant health
  • Pests, diseases and control measures

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed via set work and methods such as electronic quizzes. There is the use of Microsoft teams for virtual tutorials.

Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?


What can I do after this course?

You could consider the RHS Level 2 Garden Planning qualification.



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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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Nathanael Confaloni

Nathanael Confaloni

Nathanael branches out to manage tree surgery business

Tree surgeon Nathanael Confaloni had an inkling that he could run a business, but somehow doubted that he ever would.
But after taking Horticulture Level 2 and 3 at Derby College, and with a little nudge from his lecturers, that is exactly what he is doing. Nathanael, 24, got a love for gardening and landscaping from both of his green-fingered grandfathers.
He decided to take Horticulture at Broomfield Hall. The Level 2 course – "it was really good" – gave him skills and knowledge in areas such as plant nursery, landscaping and plant stock.
He said Level 3 furthered his skills and gave him the option of going on to university. But during college, Nathanael had worked part-time with the landscaping and tree surgery business, MW Haspel.
When he was offered a full-time job, he decided to go down that route, and also gained his qualifications for tree surgery. After a period with another business, Nathanael accepted the opportunity to return and run and manage MW Haspel's tree surgery operation.
Derby College had given him the skills and knowledge to set him on the road, with Level 3 giving him "a really helpful" insight into business management. His dad also managed his own business, fitting security cameras and lights, which provided useful background knowledge.
In future he said he may have the opportunity to take on the business entirely. And the best part of the job? The "awesome" views from the top of the tallest trees.

When I started at college I kind of thought of the idea of setting up on my own but didn't really think I would run a business. The lecturers gave me a little push and a bit of advice. Derby College was very important to me.

It's given me the skills and the knowledge I've got now. The lecturers were absolutely brilliant – all of them.


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