Consolidated Learning

RHS Level 2 Certificate in Practical Horticulture

Full CourseLocationPrice
RHS Level 2 Certificate in Practical HorticultureHome£825.00
Course ModulesPrice
(CP) Registration and Assessment Instalment (1 of 4 payments)£210.00
(CP) Complete course£825.00

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A level 2 qualification from the RHS can be the first step in changing to a career in horticulture. This Certificate is an accepted route into the horticultural profession for National Trust and many other employers,  demonstrating practical ability in a wide range of basic horticultural skills. 

It takes you through basic horticultural work, from digging and using your tools effectively to pruning, planting, sowing seeds and many other types of propagation.  

Note: This course is also available as a weekly taught course (FTF) and blended learning option.

What will I study?

You will study seven units, which make together make up this certificate: these are:

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, disorders and beneficial organisms
Sustainable garden practice

What is covered?

 Click here for the RHS Level 2 Syllabus which provides you with a complete overview of the course.

How is it delivered and assessed?

The Consolidated Programme is a combination of distance learning, with blocks of practical teaching and assessment.
This is suitable for people who do not have much experience of horticulture but have an enthusiasm for gardening and are unable to attend a weekly practical course over a year.

This specialist study programme allows you to attend two study weeks, one in summer and one in winter, with an online learning ‘bridge’ between them.
When you start the course you will be given a folder of comprehensive full-colour notes to help you prepare for the assessments, with access to our online classroom which also has videos, notes and presentations on plant identification.
Every day during the study weeks your tutor will demonstrate seasonal practical tasks from the RHS qualification, let you practise and give you help and guidance - and then assess your work.
Each day there will also be an opportunity to study plants for identification tests the following day .
During the ‘bridge’ period you will have access to the online classroom and tutor support to study the background material for the simple proformas you need to complete in class, which are used as evidence in completion of the course.

What qualification will I get?

When you have completed all the assessments and proformas and your tutor considers you have reached a pass standard, 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, the RHS will award you a Level 2 Diploma in the Principles and Practices of Horticulture.

What is the cost and venue(s)?

You can study at home, then the training and assessment weeks take place at Ryton.

You can start online study at any time during the year, and familiarise yourself with the tasks and prepare for plant identification tests.  You will receive further training and practice during the ‘blocks’  before undertaking the assessments.

Course fees:  Tuition £568.50 + awarding body fees for registration £119 = £687.50 + VAT.
The total payable £825 (or four payments of £210 ,including administration fee)

Course dates: Block 1: 17th - 21st February 2020    Block 2: 27th- 31st July 2020


What is the enrolment process?

Complete the enrolment form for the course by clicking the green 'Enrol for this Course' button above.

What else do I need to know?

There are no formal entry requirements for this course, and if you do not have any gardening experience or a place to garden, the Consolidated Programme may be right for you.  The other option would be to enrol for a weekly (FTF) practical course.

What can I do after completing this course?

You can go on to study the two theory Certificates, The RHS Level 2 Certificate in Plant Growth, Propagation and Development and the Level 2 Certificate in Garden Planning, Establishment and Maintenance, and work towards the RHS Level 2 Diploma in the Principles and Practices of Horticulture.  Both of these Certificates can be studied as distance learning. 

An RHS Level 2 qualification is well respected in the horticultural industry and 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.

Or if you prefer to continue with more practical work rather than take examinations, you can progress with blended learning to the RHS Level 3 Practical Certificate (click on the tab below) and develop your horticultural skills to a professional level.

We also offer you the opportunity to pursue an interest in a garden design with our DIY Garden Design Course (click on the tab below)