RHS Level 2 Certificate in Practical Horticulture

Course overview

This course has been designed to provide you with an understanding of the skills required to carry out routine tasks proficiently in a variety of contexts.

This course supports progression to employment within various areas of horticultural industries, including: professional gardening, landscaping, plant production, and garden retail, as well as supporting learning in entry-level roles for those in the early stages of their horticultural career.

If you are looking to build upon and expand your existing knowledge as an amateur gardener then this course will also be suitable for you.

*The fees for this course are to be confirmed. 

You will learn

  • How to identify a wide range of plants
  • The skills involved in the establishment of plants
  • Professional plant propagation
  • Plant health monitoring and identification
  • How to implement garden maintenance plans
  • How to prune a range of plants
  • Garden feature care and maintenance
  • How to establish and maintain grassed areas in private and public garden settings
Entry requirements
  • A minimum level of general GCSE attainment including English at grade 4 and above (C and above)
  • An interest in plants and gardening

You may be asked to attend an interview to discuss your interests, experience and ambitions so that we can help you study on the right course.

You will be expected to study on the following days of the week:

Enfield Campus

  • 13 September start: Tuesdays
  • 15 September start: Thursdays

Gunnersbury Park Campus

  • 15 September start: Thursdays
  • 17 September start: Saturdays

Mottingham Campus

  • 16 September start: Fridays

Regent’s Park Campus

  • 14 September start: Wednesdays
  • 15 September start: Thursdays

Successful completion of this course should support career development for those already working in professional horticulture, help prepare you to embark on a career in professional horticulture, or allow you to progress to a Level 3 RHS course. Alternatively, you could progress onto a Level 3 horticulture course or a Level 2 or 3 garden design course.

If you complete all three RHS Level 2 Certificates you will receive the RHS Level 2 Diploma in the Principles and Practices of Horticulture.

Jessica's story

Studying at the Regent’s Park Campus every week was lovely and all my course mates were brilliant. Jessica studied the RHS Level 2 and 3 courses at Capel Manor College