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Diploma in Horticulture – Level 2

The Level 2 Diploma in Horticulture places an emphasis on learning by doing. You will complete practical assignments; learn about plants, their botanic names and growth requirements; and gain skills in both production and amenity horticulture.

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Course Summary

Subject Area: Horticulture
School Leaver - Vocational/Technical
Location: Broomfield Hall
Full Time or Part Time: FT
Level: 2
Number Of Years: 1
Interview Required?: Y
Broomfield Hall

Apply now at: https://www.derby-college.ac.uk/course/diploma-in-horticulture-level-2
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Course Information for Students

The Level 2 Diploma in Horticulture places an emphasis on learning by doing. You will complete practical assignments; learn about plants, their botanic names and growth requirements; and gain skills in both production and amenity horticulture.

This course includes:

  • Hard landscaping (construction and planning)
  • Propagation
  • Turf care (grass installation and maintenance)
  • Planting of shrubs, bedding and trees
  • Maintenance of herbaceous beds and shrub areas

It will provide you with the skills and knowledge needed to find employment in the horticultural sector or to progress to a Level 3 course.

You need to be highly motivated and demonstrate a keen interest in gardening, landscape or production horticulture.  Offers of a place on the course are dependent on your qualifications. You will need:

  • A minimum of two GCSEs at grade 3 or above including English and/or Maths

OR

  • An Introductory Diploma in a land-based subject

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 some horticultural experience (grass cutting, garden maintenance, seed sowing etc.) at interview.

If you are a mature learner, we may be able to take into consideration your previous experience in horticulture.

It is possible to progress to the Advanced Diploma in Countryside, a Level 3 Landscape and Design College Certificate or an RHS Level 3 course if you achieve a Merit grade or above.

The course units are:

  • Propagation
  • Setting out from plans
  • Turf care
  • Landscape construction
  • Horticultural industry
  • Plant establishment
  • Plant identification


You will also be required to study Maths and English if you have not obtained a minimum grade 4 at GCSE.

This course will be delivered on-site.

You will be required to supply your own:

  • Derby College Group coveralls
  • Steel toe-capped boots or wellingtons
  • Derby College Group uniform
  • Writing materials to include a lever arch file and dividers
  • Secateurs

You will be assessed continually during practical sessions, on your written assignments, on plant identification and on course work.

After this course, you can progress to the Advanced Diploma in Countryside or Arboriculture, a Level 3 Landscape Design and Construction College Certificate, or an RHS Level 3 course if you achieve a Merit grade or above.


Derby College Group 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 Group Part-time Prospectus for a full list and details.

For more information contact Derby College on 0800 0280289 or enquiries@derby-college.ac.uk

Course Information for Employers

If you are an employer and would like to know more about the apprenticeships and professional training we deliver or how you can get involved in co-creating and co-delivering curriculum, please contact us via email on businessenquiries@derby-college.ac.uk, call us on 01332 387 421 or visit our employer pages here.

Career Information

This course could lead to one of these careers...

Horticultural Trades

£18902

Horticultural Trades

Managers and Proprietors in Agriculture and Horticulture

£30679

Managers and Proprietors in Agriculture and Horticulture

More Careers Information at: https://www.derby-college.ac.uk/career-pathways
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DCG Success Stories

Jamie Juffs working in Broomfield Gardens

Jamie Juffs

Former horticulture apprentice Jamie is gardener at Lost Gardens of Heligan

I really enjoyed my apprenticeship and, after completing level 2, I continued onto to level 3 The people at Broomfield are so lovely and friendly. I was able to try everything to do with horticulture there –fruit and vegetable gardening as well as working with flowers and ornamental plants. I think the best part of my job at Broomfield Hall has been working with the volunteers. Broomfield is a big site and is developing its gardens, so there are a lot of people who volunteer.

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Nathaniel Confaloni working on a tree

Nathanael Confaloni

Nathanael branches out to manage tree surgery business

When I started at college I kind of thought of the idea of setting up on my own but didn't really think I would run a business. The lecturers gave me a little push and a bit of advice. Derby College was very important to me. It's given me the skills and the knowledge I've got now. The lecturers were absolutely brilliant – all of them.

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Callum Reeves

Callum Reeves

Callum's horticultural career takes root

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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Course Information Last Updated On: October 18, 2021 1:44 pm