The Level 2 Diploma in Horticulture places an emphasis on learning by doing. You will complete practical assignments to demonstrate the skills you have attained, along with some written submissions to confirm your theoretical understanding of certain topics.
You need to be highly motivated and demonstrate a keen interest in your chosen subject. Offers of a place on the course are dependent on your qualifications. You will need:
You will have an interview and initial assessment. Parents and carers are welcome to attend the interview but not the initial assessment. You will also need to show an example of your current work during interview.
If you are a mature learner, we may be able to take into consideration your previous experience in your chosen subject.
To progress to the Advanced Diploma in Horticulture, you will need to pass this course with a Merit grade or above.
You will be advised of the full course content at your interview.
You will also be required to study Maths and English if you have not obtained a C grade at GCSE level.
You will be assessed continually during practicals, on your written assignments and via a knowledge test. You will also need to complete a portfolio of evidence.
You will be required to supply your own:
After this course, you can progress to the Advanced Diploma in Horticulture, Countryside or Arboriculture. However, you must obtain a minimum of a Merit grade to progress.
Derby College offers a range of one-day, weekend and evening courses relating to Horticulture, as well as a wide range of other land-based topics - please see the Derby College Part-time Prospectus for a full list and details.
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.