Royal Horticultural Society Level 2 Certificate in the Principles of Plant Growth, Propagation and Development

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 understand the science behind successful gardening.

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Course content:

  • Plant classification, structure and function
  • Understanding plant propagation
  • Plant nutrition and the root environment
  • Maintaining plant health

Duration: The course runs from September 2020:  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 an academic year)  from 9.30-15.30pm.  

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 and practical demonstrations, with outdoor discussions in the gardens where this will help understanding of any topics.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 Plant Growth, Propagation and Development.

Combined with the other theory Certificate, you will be awarded the  RHS Level 2 Certificate in the Principles of Horticulture; and when you complete the final Practical unit,  the RHS Level 2 Diploma in the Principles and Practices of Horticulture.

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.