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Level: 1

Location: Broomfield Hall

Years: 1

Weeks: 1

Hours: 12.00

Start: Various Dates (Please press the Book Now Button to View Dates)

Days / Times: Various 09:30 to 16:00

Tuition (£): 120.00*
Full Concession: (0 Tuition/Exam Fee) available dependant on eligibility – A Full Concession is not applicable to a full-cost course

Interview: Y

Course Summary

This two-day course involves:

Day 1 AM

Plant Identification - introduce 20 Trees/Shrubs

Theory - Pruning Techniques:

  • 5 Ds
  • Formative
  • Maintenance
  • Restorative
  • Specialist eg. fruit

Theory - Pruning Timings:

  • deciduous
  • evergreen
  • ripewood
  • roses

Day 1 PM

Pruning - Demonstration and Practical

Plant Identification - Quiz/Ident Walk


Day 2 AM

Ground Preparation - Theory

  • Formal Bedding
  • Herbaceous Borders
  • Trees/Shrubs

Planning - Theory

  • Formal Bedding
  • Herbaceous Borders
  • Mixed Borders

Day 2 PM

Planting Practical

Plant Identification - Quiz/Ident Walk


Entry requirements

There are no entry requirements. Candidates should be keen to learn about gardening, and be able to work outdoors in any weather.


Course Content

The aims of the course are for students to:

  • Learn 20 shrubs' common/botanical names
  • Develop pruning techniques
  • Develop ground preparation skills
  • Develop planting techniques

This course follows the framework for the City & Guilds Level 1 Certificate in Practical Horticulture, so candidates will receive a City & Gullds Certificate on completion.

How will I be assessed?

 Assessment will be ongoing throughout the two days.

Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?

Students will need to wear appropriate safety footwear. Suitable wet weather clothing and gloves would be advantageous.

What can I do after this course?

  • Become a volunteer at a managed garden
  • Seek employment or an apprenticeship in the horticultural sector
  • Enrol on a Level 2 course (Derby College Group offers the Level 2 RHS Practical Certificate in Garden Planning and Theory and a full-time Level 2 Diploma)



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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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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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