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RHS Level 2 Certificate in The Principles of Plant Growth, Propagation and Development



Study Mode

Part time

Start Date



16 weeks



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Course Overview

A theory-based qualification to develop the essential understanding needed by anyone employed in professional horticulture or individuals who wish to improve their horticultural knowledge. It provides a firm foundation for those working in the horticultural sector as well as for keen amateur gardeners who wish to extend their technical knowledge.The course can provide a route into employment within professional horticulture and can further support career development for those already employed in the industryThis course forms part of the RHS Level 2 Diploma in the Principles and Practices of Horticulture.This theory course is a part time course which runs one day a week on Fridays 09:00 until 16:30. The course will start on Friday 24th September 2021 and complete on Friday 4th February 2022.

What will I learn?

The course consists of the following four mandatory units:

• Plant classification, structure, and function
• Plant nutrition and the root environment
• Maintaining plant health
• Understanding plant propagation

Study, Assessment and Qualifications

Each unit will be assessed by a separate written examination covering all learning outcomes specified in the unit. Examinations will be offered in February 2022.

You will find it beneficial to spend some time preparing for the unit examinations through self-study. The subject tutors will recommend underpinning reading and resources that will assist with this.

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

Please copy and paste the link below to the RHS website for additional information on the course.

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.

Additional Costs and Information

Specialist facilities on campus include horticultural/machinery workshops, several glasshouses, polythene tunnels and a Zoological Garden. There are landscaped grounds with a wide range of plants, trees and shrubs, also a walled garden containing a varied collection of ornamental and edible plants.

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?

The three Level 2 Certificates (the Principles of Plant Growth, Propagation and Development; the Principles of Garden Planning, Establishment and Maintenance; Practical Horticulture) contribute to the RHS Level 2 Diploma in the Principles and Practices of Horticulture.After completion of the RHS Level 2 Diploma in the Principles and Practices of Horticulture you could progress on to the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Level 3 courses.Should you have any queries about this course, please email Venetia Summers, Head of Department: Landbased at

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