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The RHS Level 3 in the Principles of Horticulture

RHS-QUALIFICATIONS-MARK-RGBv1The RHS Level 3 in the Principles of Horticulture is nationally recognised part time qualification.  This qualification provides a route to employment in professional horticulture and supports career development for those already working in the profession. It also provides further learning in the field of horticulture for interested gardeners who just wish to learn more.
This is an 18 month, part time course.  The course runs on a Wednesday afternoon (1pm-4pm) 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 2017/18 academic year are:

Start Module
20th Sept The Management of Plant Health
Nov 2017 Understanding Applied Plant Propagation
Jan 2018 The Root Environment, Plant Nutrition and Growing Systems.
Feb 2018 Garden Survey Techniques and Design Principles
April 2018 Selection and Use of Landscaping Elements
Sept 2018 Setting Out and Construction of Landscaping Elements
Nov 2018 Specialist Elements in the Establishment of Garden & Urban Plantings
Jan 2019 Plant Taxonomy, 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 gardeners with experience or those who have completed the RHS Level 2 Certificate in Horticulture or equivalent.

How you will be assessed

To gain the RHS Level 3 Certificate, each module is assessed by a 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 £25 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 £70 (no concessions). Or pay for the entire course, the full cost is £560.

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. 0151 7956300 (10am-4pm) or at the admissions desk on your next visit.