Blended Learning

RHS Level 3 Certificate in Practical Horticulture

Full CourseLocationPrice
RHS Level 3 Certificate in Practical HorticultureHome£816.00
Course ModulesPrice
(BL) online course (mandatory) L3£192.00
(BL) registration and assessments (complete) L3£624.00
(BL) registration and assessment instalment L3 (1 of 4 payments)£162.00

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A level 3 qualification from the RHS can help you to move upwards in your horticultural career, with National Trust and many other employers requiring level 3 qualifications for supervisory roles. 

Keen gardeners who have enjoyed Level 2 can challenge themselves, and develop new skills at a professional level. 

The RHS Level 3 Certificate in Practical Horticulture offers you a chance to show your competence in propagation techniques and in the organisation and planning of work which you will need, to move on to higher and supervisory levels in the industry.

Note: This course is also available as a weekly taught (FTF) option; click on the course tab below to find out more.

What will I study?

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

    • Collecting and testing soil samples and specifying adjustments for horticulture
    • Collecting, preparing and propagating from seed
    • Establishing and maintaining a range of plant types and forms
    • Identification of a range of common garden plants, weeds, pests, diseases and disorders
    • Planning collecting, preparing and establishing propagation material


What is covered?

Click here for the RHS Level 3 Syllabus which provides you with a complete overview of the course.

How is it delivered and assessed?

Blended learning is a combination of distance learning, practical teaching and assessment. This method of study offers learners the opportunity to study RHS practical courses from their own home and come to our Ryton Centre for assessment. 

You will be shown in your online classroom how to carry out a range of practical horticultural tasks, which you should study and practise before you come in for an assessment weekend then you will have the chance to go through them again at our Centre before you are assessed against RHS standards. 

Assessment tasks are divided seasonally between 3 assessment weekends each year at the Ryton Centre:  You need to attend 3 consecutive assessments to cover all units, but you can start at any point in the cycle and continue until the assessments are completed. If you miss a session you will have to attend the equivalent next year.

Each session involves plant identification tests, and completion of some proformas – your online tutor can give you help and support in preparing for these and they can be submitted online and signed off on an assessment day. 

The formal assessments are carried out in compliance with the awarding body's requirements.

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 3 Certificate in Practical Horticulture.

If you combine this with the two level 3 theory Certificates, the RHS will award you a Level 3 Diploma in the Principles and Practices of Horticulture.

What is the cost and venue(s)?

Stage 1: Mandatory online course and tutor support: tuition fees £160 plus VAT @ 20% is £192

Stage 2: Registration* and Assessment fees consist of Tuition and testing over 3 weekends £410.00, RHS registration fees £110.00, total payable £520 plus VAT @ 20% is £624.00. 

This can be paid in four instalments of £162.00, which includes an administration fee of £24.00.

*We do not register you with the RHS until you begin your assessments

Courses will take place at the Ryton Centre

Assessment dates for 2019-20:  2/3 Nov 2019; 22/23 Feb;  25/26 July;  31 Oct/1 Nov 2020

What is the enrolment process?

Complete the enrolment form for the online part of the course by clicking the green 'Enrol for this Course' button above. When you are ready to begin your assessments, notify us and use the online enrolment form to pay for your registration and assessment. You can also pay for the complete course in one transaction if you prefer.

What else do I need to know?

Ideally this course follows and builds on the Level 2 Certificate, so it is strongly recommended that you do not enrol for this unless you have studied the RHS Level 2 or an equivalent level 2 course.  However, individual circumstances vary, so if you have strong industry experience and feel this is the right course for you, please contact us to discuss this.

It is essential that you are able to practice assessments and prepare for your weekends.

What can I do after completing this course?

You can go on to study the two theory Certificates, The RHS Level 3 Certificate in Certificates in the Principles of Plant Growth, Health and Applied Propagation and the Level 3 Certificate in the Principles of Garden Planning, Construction and Planting, and work towards the  full RHS Level 3 Diploma in the Principles and Practices of Horticulture. Both of the theory certificates can be studied as distance learning, either online or a correspondence course. 

An RHS Level 3 qualification is well respected in the horticultural industry and can help with career progression to a supervisory role for National Trust and many other employers.

After completing your studies at Level 3 you might want to consider the RHS’s own Master of Horticulture, a degree-level qualification which is suitable if you are already employed in horticulture with supervisory experience, or a horticultural degree at a British university.

We also offer you the opportunity to pursue an interest in a garden design with our Practical Garden Design Course as distance learning. Click here for more information.