RHS Theory

RHS Level 2 Certificate in the Principles of Plant Growth, Propagation and Development

Sorry, there is currently no availability for this course, for further information on when there will be availability for this course, please feel free to contact us.

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Important note:  some places are still available for the Certificate in Plant Growth course starting on 26 September at Ryton, although the last booking date has passed and the automatic booking has been removed; please contact our Administrator to book. After 2020-21 the new RHS Level 2 Certificate will replace this qualification  at our centres.

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 botanical names and the terminology of horticulture, and to the basic science behind plant growth which underlies how you can keep plants healthy and propagate them; it  also gives you an outline of the relationship between plants and the soil and how nutrients are supplied.  

Note: This course is also available as a Distance Learning and Distance Correspondence options; click  on the course tabs below to find out more.

What will I study?

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

  • Plant Classification, Structure and Function
  • Plant Nutrition and the Root Environment
  • Maintaining Plant Health
  • Understanding Plant Propagation

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 classroom based; teaching consists of lectures, practical demonstrations and plant identification sessions, with outdoor discussions where relevant. Each unit is assessed by a short written examination set by the Royal Horticultural Society in February and June each year.

There is no compulsory course work, but you will be given the opportunity to try sample examination questions if you are going to take the examination.

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 Plant Growth, Propagation and Development.

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)?

Tuition fees are £490.50, the RHS examination fees are £72.00, total payable £562.50 plus VAT @ 20% is £675.00. 

This can be paid in four instalments of £172.00, which includes an overall administration fee of £13.

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

At the Ryton Centre it runs on Saturdays for 28 weeks, from 9.00 am to 12.30 pm

At the Bampton Centre on Mondays for 20 weeks (in blocks over an academic year), from 9.30-15.00pm. 

You can download a timetable for 2020-21 here.

What is the enrolment process?

Complete the online enrolment form click here to enrol. 

Please note course places are limited; completing the form does not guarantee that a place is available on the course you have chosen, 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?

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 Garden Planning, Establishment and Maintenance. 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.

We also offer you the opportunity to pursue an interest in a garden design with our Practical Garden Design Course. Click here to find out more.