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RHS Level 2 Certificate in Practical Horticulture

Course Level: 

Level 2

Job opportunities after this course: 

Completion of the course could lead to self employment or progression to a Level 3 RHS qualification.

Overview of the course: 

A practical-based qualification to develop the essential skills needed to work in horticulture or to further develop your interest.

Entry requirements: 

There are no formal entry requirements.


Mandatory units:
• Soil testing
• Sowing seeds and vegetative propagation techniques
• Practical skills in ground preparation for seeding and planting
• Practical skills in establishing seeds and plants in soil
• Care and pruning of plants
• Identification of a range of common garden plants, weeds, pests, diseases and disorders and beneficial organisms

Optional units:
Choose one of the following:
• Sustainable garden practice
• Safe operation of powered garden machinery
• Establishing, repairing and maintaining a lawn
• Practical skills in vegetable growing
• Practical skills in the maintenance of established soft fruit
• Practical skills in the maintenance of established top fruit

How is the course assessed?: 

Each unit will be assessed by means of a range of practical activities.

Further study options after this course: 

Level 3 RHS courses.

Length of the course: 

1 year 30 weeks, one day part-time class.


Houghall Campus, Durham

When does the course start: 

September 2018

More important information about this course:


Fees are payable in advance.
*We make every effort to publish correct fees, however all fees are subject to change. Fees are correct as at the current time (22 Jun 2018 21:09) and are subject to change up to the date of enrolment. Fees quoted are payable annually

What our students say: 

We regularly work with QDP, the UK’s largest independent provider of questionnaire based feedback services to the education sector, so that any results can be benchmarked against other colleges and the voices of over 600,000 learners QDP gathers feedback from over the course of an academic year.
Our feedback scores consistently place us in the top quartile of colleges in the country, indicating that we not only meet but often exceed student expectations. Some results from the 2015/2016 on programme and exit surveys and the 2016/17 induction survey can be seen below.
98% stated it was easy to apply for the course
96% said the teaching on my course is good
99% felt that their teacher knows their subject well
97% told us they felt safe at college
98% said expected standards of behaviour were made clear
95% told us they felt they had developed the skills they needed to get a job/take their next step
95% agreed the teachers consistently challenge them to do their best
97% said teacher feedback told them what was going well and where to improve

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How to apply: 

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