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 your career within the horticultural profession, or developing your existing career, this course can support your ambitions. We strongly recommend completing the RHS Level 2 Certificate in the Principles of Plant Growth and Development (theory) course before progressing on to the RHS Level 2 Certificate in Practical Horticulture (practical) course.

If you choose to study the evening option at our Regent’s Park Campus, you will be required to study two evenings per week.

You will learn

  • Plant classification, plant structure and function
  • Plant nutrition, root environment and growing media
  • How to maintain plant health
  • Planting recommendations and design
  • The horticultural impact on society by social, environmental and economic contributions
  • The role of plants in creating habitats to encourage biodiversity
  • How to identify a wide range of garden plants, weeds, pests, diseases and disorders

RHS Level 2 Certificate in the Principles of Plant Growth and Development – Royal Horticultural Society
Reference: 6101042X

A keen horticultural interest is essential. At least five GCSEs including English, Maths and Science at grade 4 and above (C and above). Relevant previous Industry experience will be considered.

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 qualification can support career development for those already working within professional horticulture or help prepare you to embark on a career in the horticultural profession.

You can also continue your Level 2 studies with the RHS Certificate in Practical Horticulture. Alternatively, this may provide the foundation for you to progress your studies onto a Level 3 RHS Horticulture course, or you could progress onto a garden design or hard landscaping 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.