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.
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.