Level 2.5 Diploma in Practical Horticultural Skills
The Level 2.5 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.
Course Information for Students
Who is this course for?
This course is for students who have completed the Level 2 Extended Certificate and wish to continue their studies. It covers four further modules on the City & Guilds qualification, and also provides training to achieve three NPTC competency qualifications such as Pesticide Application, Tractor Driving, Brush-Cutter Usage, Chippers, and many more.
For this course you will need to have a Level 2 Extended Certificate or – if you are a mature learner – demonstrate a very keen interest in the subject.
What will you learn?
This course includes:
- Hard landscaping (construction and planning)
- 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.
How will you learn?
The Level 2.5 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.
You will also be given the opportunity to take three NPTC competency assessments to gain valued industrial qualifications.
Training will take place at Broomfield Hall campus where we have extensive gardens, a Plant Centre and two working farms.
What will you need to bring with you?
You are asked to wear a Derby College Group jumper or shirt.
You are also required to bring overalls, work boots and gloves to wear during practical sessions.
In addition, a note book and pens is needed for taking notes in class.
How will you be assessed?
Grading is based on a mixture of practical assessments and written assignments throughout the year.
You can progress to a Level 3 course, an advanced apprenticeship or full-time employment in the horticultural sector.
Who do you contact for more information?
For more information contact Derby College Group on 0800 0280289 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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Course Information Last Updated On: September 28, 2023 10:36 am