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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. In addition there will be regular short homework tasks. 

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:

Start Module
17 Sept Understanding Plant Propagation
5 Nov Maintaining Plant Health
7 Jan Plant Nutrition and the Root Environment
25 Feb Choosing, Establishing and Maintainance of Garden Plants and Lawns
21 April Garden Features, Plant Selection and Planning
Sept 2016 Production of Outdoor Fruit and Vegetables
Nov 2016 Protected Environments and Their Use in Plant Cultivation
Jan 2016 Plant Classification, Structure and Function

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 Discover Gardening 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.

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).

This course is eligible for funding by the Professional Gardeners Trust if you are working gardener - to find out more please visit their website

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.