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

RHS Level 2 Certificate in the Principles of Plant Growth and Development – 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. You must be aged 19 and over to enrol on this 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.

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.