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RHS Level 2 Certificate in the Principles of Garden Planning, Establishment and Maintenance

Full CourseLocationPrice
RHS Level 2 Certificate in the Principles of Garden Planning, Establishment and MaintenanceHome£264.00
Course ModulesPrice
(DL) Level 2GP Individual unit 1: Garden features, plant selection and planning£72.00
(DL) Level 2GP Individual unit 2: Establishment and maintenance of plants and lawns£72.00
(DL) Level 2GP Individual unit 3: Production of outdoor vegetables and fruit£72.00
(DL) Level 2GP Individual unit 4: Protected environments and their use in plant cultivation£72.00

Enrol for this course or module

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. 

This course introduces you to the basics of garden planning and planting: how to survey a site, choose and grow plants suitable for different situations, grow fruit and vegetables in the garden and under cover.

Note: This course can also be studied  over  a year  (28 half days) at our Ryton and Bampton centres or as a correspondence course.

What will I study?

Each RHS Certificate is made up of four individual units: you can work through them in turn, or you can just study single units that interest you.

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

What is covered?

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

How is it delivered and assessed?

Online learning gives you flexible study  - you can log in to your 'virtual classroom' for each unit: 

  • Download notes and presentations to read on or offline, or print them out if  you prefer
  • View interactive materials and 'self-test' quizzes online
  • Contact your course tutor using the internal messaging system
  • Upload practice exam papers and questions, and your revision workbook for feedback and support
  • Keep in touch with other students on your course through the online forum
  • Get updates and reminders about exam deadlines

Click here to enter the teaching website and see some examples of course materials in a sample online classroom ( you will be asked to log in as a guest).

What qualification will I get?

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.

If you successfully complete the other theory Certificate, you will be awarded the RHS Level 2 Certificate in the Principles of Horticulture; and when you successfully complete the RHS Level 2 Practical Certificate in Horticulture as well, the RHS will award you a Level 2 Diploma in the Principles and Practices of Horticulture.

Note: it is not compulsory to take examinations if you are following the course for your own interest.  However if you want a Certificate to demonstrate that you have followed the course to a successful completion you will need to enter and pass the examinations. The RHS will no longer  allow to us to provide any evidence that you have studied the course without taking examinations.

What is the cost and venue(s)?

Study at home, or whenever and wherever it suits you. You can download most of the course materials, print them out if you prefer, or take them with you on a tablet on your daily commute.

You can buy each unit separately at £72 (£60 + VAT), or the full Certificate (four units) is £264 (£220 + VAT)

These course costs do not include RHS examination fees  (currently £17 per unit). 

These are paid to the RHS by the Centre where you choose to take your exams, and while we offer our students the facility to take exams at our Ryton and North Moreton, these may not be the most convenient locations for you. You can arrange to take examinations at any Centre which offers your specific exam and which will accept an external candidate.  The RHS website gives guidance on finding an exam centre.

 

What is the enrolment process?

You can enrol and buy your chosen units on the website using PayPal.

For online courses, your username and password should be emailed to you within three working days.

We use the information you give us on PayPal to set up your enrolment  - if you buy a course for someone else, or your PayPal uses an old email address, please contact us.  

What else do I need to know?

There is no compulsory course work, but you will be given the opportunity to try practice examination questions to prepare yourself for the examinations.

Our candidates enjoy a high level of success in RHS examinations, with over 90% passing on the first attempt and approximately half of those, passing with commendation (that means they achieve 70% or more in the exam).

What can I do after completing this course?

You can go on to study the second theory Certificate, The RHS Level 2 Certificate in Plant Growth, Propagation and Development. Alternatively, you could undertake the RHS Level 2 Practical Certificate in Horticulture, which is assessed rather than examination- based qualification.

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.

After completing your studies at Level 2 you can progress on to an RHS Level 3 qualification.