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Level 2.5 Diploma in Practical Horticultural Skills

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.

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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

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Course Information for Students

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.

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.

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. 

This course will be delivered on-site.


You will be assessed via set work and methods such as electronic quizzes. There is the use of Microsoft Teams for virtual tutorials.

Further Study

You could progress to a Level 3 qualification In Countryside Skills.

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Course Information for Employers

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Career Information

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

Horticultural Trades


Horticultural Trades

Managers and Proprietors in Agriculture and Horticulture


Managers and Proprietors in Agriculture and Horticulture

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DCG Success Stories

Steve Williams

Steve Williams

Top level garden designer Steve thanks Derby College for 'joining the dots'

Doing my Horticulture Level 3 at Broomfield really opened up the industry – and I made the obvious connection between my creative background and the design side of the industry. I tried to figure out what I wanted career and life wise, and when I'd finished at Broomfield I'd decided. My tutor Mike Baldwin was a real inspiration. He was very motivational and pushed me to go for it in my business. The more I learned, the more I gained the confidence to branch out and do more.

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Stuart Thom

Stuart Thom

Stuart shelves the bookshop for a high level gardening career

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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Dan Brennen

Set to flourish in landscape gardening

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.

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Course Information Last Updated On: October 18, 2021 1:45 pm