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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 more knowledge. 

This is an 18 month, part time course.  The course runs on a Thursday afternoon (1pm-3.30pm) with the exception of school holidays.

Course Overview

The course is taught through lectures, demonstrations and a range of practical activities both in the classroom and in the gardens.

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 lawns


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 order.

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.