RHS Level 2 Certificate in the Principles of Horticulture (Theory)

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 attend college two days per week.

*The fees for this course are to be confirmed. 

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
Entry requirements
  • 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 will be expected to study on the following days of the week:

Enfield Campus

  • 13 September start: Tuesdays
  • 14 September start: Wednesdays

Gunnersbury Park Campus

  • 13 September start: Tuesdays

Mottingham Campus

  • 17 September start: Saturdays

Regent’s Park Campus

  • 12 September start: Mondays
  • 15 September start: Thursday evenings (from February 2023, it will be Wednesday and Thursday evenings)
  • 16 September start: Fridays

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.

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