RHS Level 2 Certificate – Principles of Plant Growth, Propagation & Development

Starts: September 2017
Duration: part-time, 1 day a week for 18 weeks
Available at: Crystal Palace, Enfield, Gunnersbury Park and Regent’s Park

Starts: September 2017
Duration: Part time 1 evening a week for 33 weeks
Available at:Regent’s Park

Starts: February 2018
Duration: part-time, 1 day a week for 15 weeks
Available at: Regent’s Park

This course is a highly intensive exam assessed theory course which is suitable for people who wish to develop their knowledge in plant growth, development and propagation for career purposes although keen amateurs are welcome.

The Course
This is a highly intensive, part-time theory based course that can either be taken one day per week for one and a half terms or one evening a week for three terms

Day course 9.00 am to 4.00 pm or Evening course 6.30 pm to 9.30 pm

It forms part of the full RHS Level 2 Certificate in the Principles in Horticulture (along with the certificate in the Principles of Garden Planning, Establishment and Maintenance). The qualification can provide a route to employment in professional horticulture but also supports career development for those already working in the industry. The course is 100% theory but will include demonstrations and walks around the grounds to support classroom learning wherever possible. The course is very intensive and students will need to allow approximately 8 hours per week for private study at home

Course Content
Plant Classification, Structure and Function (5 credits)

  • Plant taxonomy and classification
  • Lifecycles and stages of plant development
  • Internal and external plant structure
  • Plant reproduction, fruits and seeds
  • Photosynthesis and respiration
  • Water and mineral movement
  • Plant growth and development

Plant Nutrition and the Root Environment (3 credits)

  • Health and safety and environmentally sustainable practices
  • Soil profile and horizons
  • Physical properties and makeup of soil
  • Soil water status
  • Organic matter and soil life
  • Soil pH
  • Plant nutrition
  • Alternative growing media

Maintaining Plant Health (3 credits)

  • Health and safety and environmentally sustainable practices
  • Weeds and how to control them
  • Pests and how to control them
  • Diseases and how to control them
  • Plant disorders and how to control them

Understanding Plant Propagation (3 credits)

  • Science and theory behind plant propagation
  • Harvesting, storing and raising plants from seed
  • Vegetative propagation

Qualifications Gained
Passing all four units on this course leads to the RHS L2 Certificate in the Principles of Plant Growth, Propagation and Development which forms half of the RHS L2 Certificate in the Principles of Horticulture and one third of the RHS L2 Diploma in the Principles and Practice of Horticulture.

Assessment
The RHS L2 Certificate in the Principles of Plant Growth, Propagation and Development is assessed by four written exams at the end of the course (day course) or one exams in February and three exams in June (evening course)

It is an essential requirement for all course members to sit all exams

  • Plant Classification, Structure and Function (80 minutes)
  • Understanding Plant Propagation (50 minutes)
  • Plant Nutrition and the Root Environment (50 minutes)
  • Maintaining Plant Health (50 minutes)

Entry Requirements
Because of the demands of this exam based course, students must be independent learners with very good literacy and study skills. All students should be prepared to be assessed by written examinations. Literacy and numeracy skills will be assessed prior to enrolment or by prior arrangement with the college.

Entry requirements are:

  • a minimum of 4 GCSEs including English at Grade C or higher
  • all students new to Capel Manor College are required to undertake a pre-enrolment BKSB English and Maths assessment. English Level 1 grade should be achieved in this assessment prior to joining the course.

Other relevant qualifications of equivalent standard will be considered.

Additional Costs
A payment of £20 will be payable on enrolment to contribute to the cost of learning materials.

Last updated: 20-12-2016