RHS Practical

RHS Level 3 Certificate in Practical Horticulture

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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As the RHS Certificates will be changing format from September 2021, we regret there can be no January 2021 intake for our current practical courses; we hope to deliver the new Practical Certificate at our centres in September 2021 but as yet we have no information from the RHS on the syllabus or the assessment methods. As soon as we know these and can plan our delivery we will update information on the website and accept bookings, but if you are interested in taking the equivalent of this current Practical Certificate in September 2021 please leave your contact details with us here and we will be in touch when we have more information.

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 Blended Learning option; click on the 'Blended' 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 (Ryton and Bampton) or Management of green spaces, landscaped areas and ornamental gardens (North Moreton)

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?

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; these can mostly be completed at home (using a computer if you prefer for written work).  Your tutor will show you practical 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 3 Certificate in Practical Horticulture.

If you combine this with the two  Level 3 theory Certificates in the Principles of Plant Growth, Health and Applied Propagation and the Principles of Garden Planning, Construction and Planting, the RHS will award you a Level 3 Diploma in the Principles and Practices of Horticulture.

What is the cost and venue(s)?

Breakdown of the costs: 

Tuition fees are £685.00, the RHS registration fees are £115.00, total payable £800.00 plus VAT @ 20% is £960.00. 

This can be paid in four instalments of £243.25, which includes an overall administration fee of £13.

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

At the Ryton Centre, it runs on Saturday mornings 9.30-12.30 pm.

At the North Moreton Centre, it runs on Wednesday afternoons 13.30 - 16.30 pm

Download a list of the course dates here.


What is the enrolment process?

Complete the online enrolment form  by clicking on the green 'Enrol for this Course' button above.

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?

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.

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. 

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. Click on the tab below for more information.