Royal Horticultural Society Level 2 Certificate in Practical Horticulture

Practical Course

For many people this is  the first step in changing to a career in horticulture. This is also an ideal course for adult beginners or keen gardeners who want to develop their practical skills. There are no formal entry requirements and it is particularly suited to adult learners who haven’t recently studied.

L2 Practical Course

Course content:

  • Soil testing
  • Sowing seeds and vegetative propagation techniques
  • Practical skills in ground preparation for seeding and planting
  • Practical skills in establishing seeds and plants in soil
  • Care and pruning of plants
  • Identification of a range of common garden plants, weeds, pests, diseases, disordes and beneficial organisms
  • Sustainable garden practice / Vegetable growing

Duration: Courses run for 28 weeks; at Ryton on Saturdays from 13.00-17.00 pm, and on Fridays from 9.00 - 12.30pm, at Bampton from 9.30-12.30 pm on Thursdays, and at North Moreton on Wednesdays from 9.30am -12.30 pm.

Level 2 practical from September 2018: course costs £825 (£687.50 + VAT) made up of £575.50 tuition fees + £112 RHS fees

or four payments of £210 (£175 plus VAT) including administration fees.

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How each course is taught and assessed:

You will study 7 units. The seventh (optional) unit will be Sustainable garden practice at Ryton and Bampton, and Vegetable Growing at North Moreton.
You will be shown how to carry out a range of practical horticultural tasks; then you will have the chance to practise them before you are assessed by the instructor. Each week involves specific tuition and assessment, so it is possible to join this rolling programme at any stage and continue until you have completed all assessments.

Achievement: When you have passed all of the assessments, we will apply to the Royal Horticultural Society for your Level 2 Certificate in Practical Horticulture.

If you combine this with the two theory Certificates, you will be awarded  the RHS Level 2 Diploma in the Principles and Practices of Horticulture.