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Pruning College Certificate

Improve your Pruning Techniques and Timings with the Pruning College Certificate

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Course Summary

Subject Area: Horticulture
Adult and Community
Location: Broomfield Hall
Full Time or Part Time: PT
Level: 1
Number Of Years: 1
Interview Required?: Y
Weeks: 1
Hours: 12.00
Start: 25/10/2022
Tuition: £120
Broomfield Hall

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Course Information for Students

This two-day course involves:

Day 1 AM

Plant Identification – introduce 20 Trees/Shrubs

Theory – Pruning Techniques:

  • 5 Ds
  • Formative
  • Maintenance
  • Restorative
  • Specialist eg. fruit

Theory – Pruning Timings:

  • deciduous
  • evergreen
  • ripewood
  • roses

Day 1 PM

Pruning – Demonstration and Practical

Plant Identification – Quiz/Ident Walk


Day 2 AM

Ground Preparation – Theory

  • Formal Bedding
  • Herbaceous Borders
  • Trees/Shrubs

Planning – Theory

  • Formal Bedding
  • Herbaceous Borders
  • Mixed Borders

Day 2 PM

Planting Practical

Plant Identification – Quiz/Ident Walk

There are no entry requirements. Candidates should be keen to learn about gardening, and be able to work outdoors in any weather.

The aims of the course are for students to:

  • Learn 20 shrubs’ common/botanical names
  • Develop pruning techniques
  • Develop ground preparation skills
  • Develop planting techniques

This course follows the framework for the City & Guilds Level 1 Certificate in Practical Horticulture, so candidates will receive a City & Guilds Certificate on completion.

This course will be delivered on on-site.

Students will need to wear appropriate safety footwear. Suitable wet weather clothing and gloves would be advantageous.

 Assessment will be ongoing throughout the two days.

  • Become a volunteer at a managed garden
  • Seek employment or an apprenticeship in the horticultural sector
  • Enrol on a Level 2 course (Derby College Group offers the Level 2 RHS Practical Certificate in Garden Planning and Theory and a full-time Level 2 Diploma)

For more information contact Derby College on 0800 0280289 or

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Course Information Last Updated On: October 26, 2021 1:51 pm