RHS Level 2 Certificate in the Principles of Plant Growth and Development

Course overview

This theory course will allow you to develop a level of plant knowledge deemed essential by the horticultural industries.

This course will equip you with the knowledge and understanding of the scientific principles that underpin horticultural practices.

Whether you are looking to start a career in the industry, or planning to develop your existing career, this course can support your ambitions.

If you choose to study the evening option at our Regent’s Park Campus, then from February 2023 you will be required to study two evenings per week, one of which will be online.

You will learn

  • The knowledge behind plants, its structure and function
  • The effect of a range of factors on plant health
  • Plant nutrition and growing media
  • How to make recommendations for planting
  • More about the range and role of plant adaptations
  • How to create a wide range of different horticultural plantings
  • How horticulture impacts society by social, environmental and economic contributions
  • The roles of plants in creating habitats to encourage biodiversity

Certificate in the Principles of Horticulture – Royal Horticultural Society
Reference: 61004856

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.

Successful completion of this course will support your career development if you are already working in professional horticulture. If you are looking to start a career in the industry, it will help boost your employability. You could also progress to the RHS Level 2 Certificate in Practical Horticulture, or a Level 3 RHS course. Alternatively, you could progress onto a Level 3 horticulture course or a Level 2 or 3 garden design course.