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 practical 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. Please note, this course is examined with both an online theory paper and a practical examination.

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

Certificate in Practical Horticulture – Royal Horticultural Society
Reference: 61004868

A minimum level of general GCSE attainment including English at grade 4 and above (C and above). Relevant Industry experience. 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 must be aged 19 and over to enrol on this course.

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.

This course is part-funded by the ESFA (Education and Skills Funding Agency) or Greater London Authority (GLA) for those that are eligible.

If you are aged 16, 17 or 18 at the start of the course, your tuition, exams and materials fees will be paid for you in full as long as you meet some basic criteria for UK residence (more information can be found on our Fees and Funding page).

If you are aged 19 or over on the day your course starts, you may be entitled to help with tuition fees subject to criteria. If you receive employment benefits, have a low income, or are studying towards your first substantial qualification, you may be entitled to free tuition. You may need to pay a materials fee if applicable to your course. Find further information about help with tuition fees on our Fees and Funding page.

For some of our courses, we offer a discount for current students. If this is the case, you will see the reduced fee when you select your chosen course campus and start date. To qualify for this discount, you must already be studying another course at Capel Manor College, and be adding this course to your existing programme.

Please note that fees for September 2023 have not yet been finalised, and are subject to a small increase. Applicants will be notified of final course fees before enrolling.