RHS Theory Courses

RHS Theory Courses

Courses leading to the RHS Level 2 theory Certificates run at our Centres at Ryton Gardens, near Coventry and Bampton near Faringdon, Oxon. 

IMPORTANT NOTE:  the RHS suite of qualifications is changing and from September 2022 centres will have to  deliver the new format Level 2 qualifications, but the current RHS Level 2 Certificate in Garden Planning will be available for one more year (2022-23) and it will be 2023-4 before the new Level 3 is introduced.

 In the new format for Level 2 there will be a new new single theory Certificate in the Principles of Horticulture which with a new Practical Certificate will make up a new  RHS Level 2 Certificate in the Principles and Practices of Horticulture. 

The Principles of Horticulture will consist of two units, assessed by two examinations; each unit will include 4 topics and the examinations will sample knowledge in all four topics.  Awards will be graded as Pass, Merit and Distinction. Examinations will  be online but on specific dates, not on demand.

For Level 3 there will be a new single theory Certificate in Garden and Designed Landscape Management which with a new Practical Certificate will make up an RHS Advanced Certificate, and with a new Award in Horticultural Investigation will make up a Level 3 Diploma. Assessment formats for theory Certificates will follow the level 2 structure.

Those students who have begun one part of the current level 2 Diploma  will be able to complete it using the new Certificate in Horticultural Principles, the new Certificate in Horticultural Practice, or the existing theory Certificate in Garden Planning  which can be offered by Centres for one more year, with the latest date to begin this March 2023. Exams for the current courses will continue through 2023 until February 2024. However if all theory and practical courses at level 2 are not completed by July 2024 then the transition arrangements expire and no Diploma can be awarded.

Those students who have begun one part of the current level 3 Diploma will be able to complete it using  the new Certificate in Horticultural Practice in 2023, the current Practical Certificate in 2022, or the existing Level 3 theory Certificate in Garden Planning or in Plant Growth which can be offered by Centres for further year. Exams for the current courses will continue through 2024 until February 2025. However if all theory and practical courses at level 3 are not completed by July 2024 then the transition arrangements expire and students will have work through the new diploma.

The Level 2 theory syllabus has now been  approved and we are working to plan our provision.  Online and distance learning for the Principles of Horticulture will be available from September 2022, alongside courses at our centres.