RHS Practical

RHS Level 2 Certificate in Practical Horticulture

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As the RHS Certificates will be changing format from September 2022, we regret there can be no January 2022 intake for our current practical courses; we will be delivering the new Practical Certificate at our centres in September 2022 , but if you are interested in taking the equivalent of this current Practical Certificate in September 2022 please leave your contact details with us here and we will be in touch when we have more information.

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. Click here for a course timetable.

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 £600.00, the RHS registration fees are £126.00, total payable £726 plus VAT @ 20% is £871.20. 

You can prepay £871.20 for your complete course, or you can secure your place on the course with a non-refundable booking fee payable on enrolment, of 25% of the full cost of the course. This is payable as the first instalment of £222.80 (including VAT and administration fee) and cover the registration and certification fees.

Please note: In the vent of a place not being available or if the course does not run, the booking fee will be returned to you.

The remainder of the course fees £668.40 (including VAT and administration fees) should be paid by week 8 of the course; or if preferred in three equal instalments of £222.80 on weeks 8, 16 and 24 of the course.

You can ask us to set up a direct debit mandate when you book the course by saying 'yes' on the for and we will be pleased to send you a mandate for by email. Once this has been returned to us we can request payments from your bank on or about weeks 8, 16 and 24.

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 Saturday afternoons 13.00-17.00pm (teaching from 13.30, first half hour to complete weekly ident tests) and on Thursday from 9.30am -12.30 pm.

At the Bampton Centre on Wednesday mornings 9.30 am-12.30pm and on Wednesday afternoon from 13.30 -16.30 pm

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


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.