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The Diploma in Garden Planning & Practical Garden Design

Course dates at RytonTimePlacesPrice
13th September 202109.30am10£1428.00

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Please note that some places are still available for this course starting at Ryton on 13th September, although the last booking date has passed and the automatic booking has been removed; please contact our Administrator to book.

This course is a hybrid course, providing learners with the opportunity to study The Royal Horticultural Society Level 2 Certificate in the Principles of Garden Planning, Establishment and Maintenance and apply those principles in a practical way by undertaking units from the City & Guilds Level 2 Award in Practical Horticultural Skills (7573)

A level 2 qualification from the RHS or City & Guilds can be the first step in changing to a career in horticulture. It is an accepted route into the horticultural profession for the National Trust and many other employers. This is also an idea course for adult beginners or keen gardeners who want to broaden their knowledge.

The Royal Horticultural Society Level 2 Certificate in the Principles of Garden Planning, Establishment and Maintenance course introduces you to the basics of garden planning and planting: how to survey a site, choose and grow plants suitable for different situations, grow fruit and vegetables in the garden and under cover. The carefully selected units from the City & Guilds Level 2 Award in Practical Horticulture Skills (7573) allow you to apply this knowledge in a practical way by assessing soil characteristics, carrying out a site survey, drawing up site plans, creating  a basic design and using your plant identification knowledge to  create planting plans.

Note: The Royal Horticultural Society Level 2 Certificate in the Principles of Garden Planning, Establishment and Maintenance course is also available as a Distance Learning option and Distance Correspondence option; click on the tabs below to find out more.

What will I study?

For the Royal Horticultural Society Level 2 Certificate in the Principles of Garden Planning, Establishment and Maintenance (14 Credits) you will study four units in the morning, which together make up this certificate. These are:

·       Garden features, plant selection and planning

·       Choice, establishment and maintenance of garden plants and lawns

·       Production of outdoor vegetables and fruit

·       Protected environments and their use in plant cultivation

 

For the Certificate from the City & Guilds Level 2 Award in Practical Horticulture Skills (7573) you will study six units in the afternoon, which make up this certificate. These are:

·       161 Assess soil condition and texture (and pH) 2 Credits

·       243 Carry out a site survey in two dimensions  5 Credits

·       244 Draw up a two-dimensional site survey 3 Credits

·       248 Produce a basic garden design 5 Credits

·       249 Produce a planting plan 3 Credits

·       240 Identify plants by name 5 Credits

Combined these two qualifications equate to 37 credits, the value of a full  Level 2 Diploma.

What is covered?

Click here for the RHS Level 2 Syllabus which provides you with a complete overview of the RHS course.

Click here for the City & Guilds Level 2 Award in Practical Horticulture Skills (7573) which provides you with a complete overview of the City & Guilds course.

How is it delivered and assessed?

This hybrid course is mainly classroom based; teaching consists of lectures and practical activities where relevant. Please see the specific details set out below on how each qualification can be obtained.

For the Royal Horticultural Society Level 2 Certificate in the Principles of Garden Planning, Establishment and Maintenance; each unit is assessed by a short-written examination set by the RHS in February and June each year. We strongly recommend that you take these examinations and will enter you for them as part of your course; it is not mandatory, but you will only be awarded a certificate by The Royal Horticultural Society if you pass the examinations.

There is no compulsory course work, but you will work through sample examination questions to prepare you for assessment.

The City & Guilds Level 2 Award in Practical Horticulture Skills (7573) is a practically- based qualification; teaching consists of some classroom work (including the completion of a portfolio of evidence) and practical teaching involving demonstrations, practice, and the assessment of learned techniques and skills.

The knowledge element of  each unit is assessed by evidence submitted on a proforma provided by the Awarding Body (City & Guilds). The practical skills are assessed by the lecturer delivering the course against the standards specified by the Awarding Body and a record of assessment is provided which is kept in the portfolio of evidence with other work. The portfolio will be used as evidence to support an application for certification from The Awarding Body ( the portfolio can be returned to the learner on request once the processes of verification and certification have been completed after the end of the course).

Course materials will be provided for each of the topics being assessed.  You will be given the opportunity to read around the subjects being taught and assessed to prepare yourself adequately for assessments, and to work on preparing material for your portfolio at home.

What qualification will I get?

On completion of the course you will be awarded The Academy of Practical Horticulture Diploma in Garden Design (This is justified as you will have studied a total of 37 credits).

For the Royal Horticultural Society Level 2 Certificate in the Principles of Garden Planning, Establishment and Maintenance: when you have passed exams in all the units, the Royal Horticultural Society will award a Level 2 Certificate in the Principles of Garden Planning, Establishment and Maintenance. (If you successfully complete the other theory Certificate, you could  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.)

For the City & Guilds Level 2 Certificate in Horticultural Skills; when you have passed the minimum number of units (consisting of 18 credits) you will be awarded The City & Guilds Level 2 Certificate in Practical Horticultural Skills, listing all units which were achieved during the course.

What is the cost and venue(s)?

The Royal Horticultural Society Level 2 Certificate in the Principles of Garden Planning, Establishment and Maintenance; tuition fees are £525.00, the RHS examination fees are £72.00, total payable £597.00 plus VAT @ 20% is £716.40

The City & Guilds Level 2 Certificate in Practical Horticultural Skills; Tuition fees are 525.00, The City & Guilds registration fee is £ 44.00, The certification fees for the 6 units are £ 24.00, total payable £593.00 plus VAT @20% is £ 711.60

The combined cost of this course is £ 1428.00 (including VAT)

You can prepay £1428.00 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 £362.00 (including VAT) and covers the registration and certification fees.

Please note: In the event 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 (£1086.00 including  VAT and administration fees) should be paid by week 8 of the course; or if preferred in three equal instalments of £362.00 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 form and we will be pleased to send you a mandate form 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 the Ryton Centre.  It runs on Mondays for 30 weeks, from 9.30 am to 15.30 pm

What is the enrolment process?

Complete the online enrolment form by clicking hereor on the '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, 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 at the first attempt and approximately half of those, passing with commendation (that means they achieve success rates of 70% or more in the examinations).

What can I do after completing this course?

You can go on to study the secondRHS theory Certificate, or from 2022  the new RHS Level 2 Certificate in Horticultural Principles. Alternatively, you could undertake the RHS Level 2 Practical Certificate in Horticulture.