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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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This course is run at the Broomfield Hall Campus

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About Broomfield Hall »

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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