'Blended' learning is designed for keen gardeners who want to develop their practical skills, or working horticulturists who want to have their abilities recognised with a qualification, but who cannot attend a regular class. It combines distance learning and practical teaching to prepare for practical assessments.
Please note that the current suite of RHS qualifications at levels 2 and 3 is being replaced in centres from September 2022 with new versions, including new Practical Certificates.
We hope it will be possible to deliver the new RHS Level 2 Practical qualification in a Blended Learning format eventually, in two blocks of practical tuition plus online study and practice at home, but this depends on how the first year of the new assessments works with centre-based courses.
There are two two-hour Practical Competence Assessment tests with an RHS assessor and a centre assessor; these have to be booked for a group in September and take place over half-days in Jan-March and May-July. There is also a 75-minute online test of the underpinning knowledge element of the new qualification, which will require considerably more study time than the previous practical qualification.
The Level 3 practical is not being introduced in centres until September 2023 and any Blended format will depend on its content and assessment methods.