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Level: 2

Location: Broomfield Hall

Years: 1

Interview: Y

Course Summary

The Level 2 Diploma in Practical Horticulture will enable you to design and maintain gardens, borders and tree and shrub schemes.  It will also give you other horticultural skills including hard landscaping and pesticide use.



Entry requirements

For this course you will need to have a Level 2 Diploma in Horticulture or - if you are a mature learner - demonstrate a very keen interest in the subject.

Course Content

The course will be made up of:

  • Surveying, drawing office, computer aided design, plantsmanship including design and maintenance of rose gardens, herbaceous borders, tree and shrub schemes.
  • Hard landscape: including brickwork, paving, drystone wall paving, fencing and pergolas.
  • Fruit and vegetable growing, plus glasshouse production.

There is also a part of the course where the students survey, design and build a garden at College or within the community.

The programme leads to NPTC Certificates in:

  • Level 3 Emergency First Aid at Work
  • PA1 and PA6 - safe use of pesticides
  • Abrasive Wheel Certificate and Nail Gun Certificate.

Work experience includes an option to take a RHS Practical Certificate, plus Besafe training and experience with brush cutters, hedge cutters and pole saws. There are one-day workshops too. 


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?

Further Study

You could progress to a Level 3 qualification In Countryside Skills.



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About Broomfield Hall »

Dan Brennen

Dan Brennen

Set to flourish in landscape gardening

Former Horticulture learner Dan Brennen flew the flag for Broomfield Hall by scooping a gold medal in the WorldSkills UK final – after building a garden in just 18 hours. Dan, now studying Landscape Architecture at the University of Sheffield, impressed industry experts who judged his efforts at the Skills Show held at the NEC.
There to represent Derby College, he was part of a team which built a garden from scratch, including laying block paving and slabs, building raised beds, installing a water feature and planting.
Dan’s success gave him the chance to work with a specialist training team to prepare for a further WorldSkills challenge in Northern Ireland – so he gained even more skills to take forward into his working life.

Being part of WorldSkills was a fantastic experience and I’ve learnt so much. The additional training I’ve done as part of the competition will earn me a Level 4 qualification which, along with my degree, will hopefully greatly improve my job prospects after university.


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