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RHS Certificate in Practical Horticulture (Level 2)

Key course information

Agriculture, Animals and Land Based


17 weeks

Part time


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Course Overview

Whether you’re a horticultural professional, or just green-fingered and wanting to learn something new, our Lackham Campus is the perfect place to build your technical knowledge. Situated near Lacock, Lackham sits in over 1600 acres of Wiltshire landscape. Situated in a bend of the River Avon, the estate covers farmland, woodlands and wetlands, sports pitches and curated lawns outside the Grade II Listed Lackham House. Specialist facilities include a range of horticultural machinery and workshops, several glasshouses, polythene tunnels and a Zoological Garden. There are landscaped grounds with a wide range of plants, trees and shrubs, and a traditional Walled Garden containing a variety of ornamental and edible plants. The incredible variety of resources makes Lackham the ideal place for building on your professional horticultural qualifications or getting green-fingered in your spare time. This course will give you a firm foundation for work in the horticultural sector, or for increasing your skills as a keen amateur gardener.This course forms part of the RHS Level 2 Diploma in the Principles and Practices of Horticulture.

Lackham campus and the garden
two female students studying plants
Lackham campus and the garden
two female students studying plants

What will I learn?

With Lackham’s vast, industry-leading horticultural resources at your fingertips, you’ll learn the range of skills needed for anyone in the horticultural sector, or to grow and cultivate your own back garden. From soil testing to sowing seeds and vegetative propagation techniques, you’ll pick up the practical skills in ground preparation for both seeding and planting, and establishing seeds and plants in soil. You’ll learn how to care for and prune plants, and how to identify a range of common garden plants, weeds, pests, diseases and disorders, and beneficial organisms. You’ll learn from experienced industry professionals, gaining the blend of skills and knowledge necessary for further study or to kickstart a fulfilling career outdoors.

Entry Requirements

There are no formal entry requirements for this course. However, you are expected to have an underpinning knowledge of horticulture prior to enrolling, either from employment in the industry or through experience of gardening privately.

Study, Assessment and Qualifications

Practical skills assessments will be conducted by the tutor(s) during the course, as well as short written tests (provided by the awarding body) based on the main topics.

Additional Costs and Information

There is a comprehensive Library and Learning Resource Centre with computing facilities, internet access and e-study (also accessible from home), available to you to support personal study and course work.

Cost: £680.00 (incl. cost of exam fee)

What Could I Do Next?

On completion of your course you may choose to progress onto these following courses

Agriculture, Animals and Land Based

Career Opportunities

  • Stock Person
  • Dairy Person
  • Zookeeper

  • Veterinary Nurse
  • Groom
  • Tree Surgeon

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