RHS Practical

RHS Level 2 Certificate in Practical Horticulture

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IMPORTANT NOTE: RHS courses start  at our centres in the week commencing 21 September;  bookings are full but with the difficult social and employment situation at present, some of the courses have very late cancellations  so although the website shows no availability there may be spaces to start this week or join the course next week. Please contact our Administrator to check the situation and be put on a waiting list.

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. This is also an ideal course for adult beginners or keen gardeners who want a hands-on course on how to carry out gardening techniques efficiently. 

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.  


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 (Ryton and Bampton) / Vegetable growing ( North Moreton)

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?

This qualification is assessment-based, with no written examinations. It is taught for half a day a week over 28 weeks.  There are weekly identification tests  to prepare for, and some proformas to demonstrate your understanding to complete in the classroom, but otherwise your tutor will show you tasks, get you to practise them and give you guidance on how to improve, then pass you when you reach an acceptable standard.  

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)?

Tuition fees are £561.50, the RHS registration fees are £126.00, total payable £687.50 plus VAT @ 20% is £825.00. 

This can be paid in four instalments of £209.50, which includes an overall administration fee of £13.

Courses will take place at Ryton, North Moreton and Bampton Centres, you may enrol for whichever centre is most convenient. 

At the Ryton Centre it runs on Friday mornings 9.30-12.30 pm, and on Saturday afternoons 13.00-17.00 pm.

At the Bampton Centre on Thursday mornings 9.30-12.30 pm.

At the North Moreton Centre it runs on Wednesday mornings 9.30-12.30 pm.

Download a list of the course dates here.


What is the enrolment process?

Click on the green 'enrol on a course' button and complete the online enrolment form.

Please note course places are limited; completing the form does not guarantee that a place is available on the course you have chosen, and our administrator will contact you to confirm your place. Shortly before the course begins you will be sent joining instructions.

What else do I need to know?

There are no formal entry requirements for this course and it is particularly  suited to adult learners who haven’t recently studied.

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. 

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 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 Practical Garden Design Course. Click on the tab below for more information on this course.