RHS Level 2 in the Principles of Horticulture
The RHS Level 2 in the Principles of Horticulture is nationally
recognised part time qualification studied both by interested
gardeners who just wish to learn more, potential career changers
and those working in the Horticulture industry who want to gain
This is an 18 month, part time course. The course runs on
a Thursday afternoon (1pm-3.30pm) with the exception of school
The course is taught through lectures, demonstrations and a
range of practical activities both in the classroom and in the
The Certificate is comprised of a rolling programme of eight
modules which last 6 or 8 weeks. The module dates for the 2014/15
academic year are:
Choosing, establishing and maintenance of garden plants and
Garden features, plant selection and planning
Protected environments and their use in plant cultivation
Plant Classification, Structure and Function
Production of outdoor vegetables and fruit
The remaining modules; Plant nutrition and the root environment,
Maintaining plant health and Understanding plant propagation will
be taught from September 2015.
You may begin at the start of any module and study them in any
Who is it suitable for?
18+. There are no formal entry requirements; although the course
is aimed at gardeners with some experience or those who have
completed some level 1 courses.
How you will be assessed
To gain the RHS Level 2 Certificate, each module is
assessed by a short written examination. These are held in February
and/or June of each year.
As taking the exams is not a compulsory requirement, these are
not included in the stated course fees. The RHS set the exam
fees and these currently stand at £14 per module. Your tutor
will enter you for exams when you require.
What does it cost?
You may pay for each module separately. A 6 week module
costs £65 (£60 Friends of Ness Gardens) Or pay for the entire
course, the full cost is £520 (£480 Friends of Ness Gardens)
Do I need to book a place?
Yes - Contact Ness Gardens t. 0845 030 4063 (10am-4pm) or at the
admissions desk on your next visit.