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Level: 2

Location: Broomfield Hall

Years: 1

Weeks: 10

Hours: 3.00

Start: 11/09/2018

Days / Times: Various 00:00 to 00:00

Tuition (£): 150.00*

Interview: N

Course Summary

This course explores the main features, designers and influences relating to garden design throughout history. It includes up-to-date trends drawn from RHS shows.

Entry requirements

You just need a keen interest in horticulture and garden history.

Course Content

There are five learning outcomes. The learner will:

  • Know the characteristics and influences of gardens from ancient civilisations to early European gardens
  • Know the characteristics and influences of 18th Century gardens
  • Know the characteristics and influences of 19th Century gardens
  • Understand 20th Century design styles
  • Understand garden history in the present day context.

How will I be assessed?

There will be an assignment covering underpinning knowledge.

Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?

You will need computer and internet access at home.

What can I do after this course?

 

You can go on to complete a RHS Practical Certificate in Horticultural or Garden Planning.

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* Tuition - This figure is the tuition fee to be paid - There are no concessionary fees available.

This course is run at the Broomfield Hall Campus

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Stuart Thom

Stuart Thom

Stuart shelves the bookshop for a high level gardening career

Former mature horticulture student Stuart Thom has reinvented his entire career through hard work and the support of Derby College. Just over ten years ago, Stuart was unhappy in his work at bookshops in Ashbourne and Derby. He decided he needed a change – to find a career where he could see the seasons change and work outside.

Stuart attended an open evening at Broomfield Hall, where tutors pointed him towards Level 2 National Certificate in Horticulture. He liked the course and enrolled. Nervous about "going back to school", Stuart said the environment was welcoming and encouraging. The course provided "tasters" of the sector and helped him decide which areas he wanted to pursue.

At an early stage he found the "plant side" of horticulture really appealed, as opposed to other areas such as hard landscaping. His tutors encouraged him to go on to take the two year Level 3 Diploma. And seeing his potential, they supported his application to study for the Royal Horticultural Society's prestigious Wisley Diploma in Practical Horticulture at RHS Garden Wisley in Surrey.

He was one of just ten people accepted on the course in his year. Now aged 41, Stuart has worked for the Crown Estate as a fulltime gardener at the Savill Garden in Windsor Great Park. He and his gardener wife Nadine are now working in Scotland, where Stuart is RHS co-ordinator at the National Trust for Scotland-run Threave Garden in Dumfries and Galloway.

Derby College was invaluable, and I wouldn't be where I am now without it. Being a mature student, I was quite nervous because you are going back to school, effectively 10 years or something after leaving for the first time. But everybody was so welcoming, and so encouraging. If you put in the effort you get it returned.


I can't thank the tutors enough: I'm so happy with my career now. It was a bit of gamble to change career but I worked hard and college really supported me and it paid off.

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