Royal Horticultural Society Level 2 Certificate in the Principles of Garden Planning, Establishment and Maintenance

 Theory Course

A level 2 qualification from the RHS can be the first step in changing to a career in horticulture. It is an accepted route into the horticultural profession for National Trust and many other  employers. This is also an ideal course for adult beginners or keen gardeners who want to broaden their knowledge.

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Course content:

  • Garden features, plant selection and planning
  • Choice, establishment and maintenance of garden plants and lawns
  • Production of outdoor vegetables and fruit
  • Protected environments and their use in plant cultivation

Duration: The course runs from September 2019:  at Ryton on Saturdays for 28 weeks, from 9.00 am to 12.30 pm and also at Bampton in Oxfordshire on Wednesdays for 20 weeks ( in blocks over one academic year) from 9.30 - 15.30pm.

Download a leaflet with course dates here.

Course cost payable: £675

= £ 562.50  (made up of £498.50 tuition fees + £64 RHS exam fees) + VAT

or four payments of £174  (£145 plus VAT) including administration fees.

How each course is taught and assessed:

You will study 4 units.

The course is classroom based; teaching consists of lectures, practical demonstrations and plant identification sessions, with outdoor discussions in the gardens where relevant. Each unit is assessed by a short written examination set by the Royal Horticultural Society in February and June each year.

There is no compulsory course work, but you will be given the opportunity to try sample examination questions if you are going take the examination.

Achievement: When you have passed exams in all the units, the Royal Horticultural Society will award a Level 2 Certificate in the Principles of Garden Planning, Establishment and Maintenance.

Note: If you have opted not to undertake the examinations for either course but work through all the exercises and practice questions we will issue a certificate of attendance.