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
The course is taught through lectures, demonstrations and a
range of practical activities both in the classroom and in the
gardens. In addition there will be regular short homework
Please come dressed in suitable clothing for the weather (i.e.
waterproof jackets, and wear suitable shoes) as some of the
sessions will be out in the gardens. Also bring pen and paper.
The Certificate is comprised of a rolling programme of eight
modules which last 6 weeks. The module dates for the 2015/16
academic year are:
Features, Plant Selection and Planning
||Production of Outdoor Fruit and Vegetables
||Protected Environments and Their Use in Plant Cultivation
||Plant Classification, Structure and Function
||Understanding Plant Propagation
||Maintaining Plant Health
||Plant nutrition and the root
||Choice, Establishment and Maintenance of Garden Plants and
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 those with some gardening experience or those who have
completed Learn to
Garden or other level 1 gardening 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 at Ness.
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
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).
This course is eligible for funding by the Professional
Gardeners Trust if you are working gardener - to find out more please visit their
Do I need to book a
Yes - Contact Ness Gardens t. 0151 7956300 (10am-4pm) or at the
admissions desk on your next visit.