Horticulture and Professional Landscaping

We have been a centre for horticultural studies since 1968 and have developed an unrivalled reputation for excellence and strong industry links.

Horticulture is the science and art of cultivating plants, encompassing the study of plant growth, propagation, and management. You can learn about the biology of plants, how to cultivate them for food, fibre, and aesthetic purposes, and how to manage plant pests and diseases.

Viticulture is the study of grape cultivation and harvesting, and oenology is the study of wine and winemaking. Both are a branch of the science of horticulture.

By studying with us, you will be introduced to a unique array of plant collections, both within our campuses, Forty Hall Vineyard in Enfield, and across the capital, providing you with the opportunity to work within some of London’s most prestigious parks and gardens.

Improving the quality of London’s gardens and landscapes is of paramount importance; by joining our further education courses in horticulture, landscape construction, fruit and vegetable growing and viticulture, you can play a vital role in this.

Your developing knowledge and skills may also give you the opportunity to get involved in the design and implementation of gardens for a variety of national horticulture shows, as well as the regeneration and redevelopment of parks and gardens in our local communities.

Update for students considering RHS courses

The RHS Level 2 Certificate in the Principles and Practices of Horticulture consists of two courses:

  • RHS Level 2 Certificate in the Principles of Plant Growth and Development (theory course)
  • RHS Level 2 Certificate in Practical Horticulture (practical course)

Please select your preferred course and campus when applying. Students who wish to undertake both courses simultaneously within one academic year will be required to attend an interview. We strongly recommend completing the theory course before progressing on to the practical course.

The previous RHS Level 2 and 3 courses are no longer available. Visit the RHS website to find out more about the new qualifications.

Full-time

Introduction to Landscaping and Gardening Diploma (Level 1)

Full-time

Technical Certificate in Horticulture (Level 2)

Full-time

Advanced Technical Diploma in Horticulture (Level 3)

Careers

Our horticulture courses provide numerous job opportunities including roles such as:
  • Commercial horticulturist
  • Horticultural researcher
  • Crop physiologist
  • Environmental scientist
  • Head gardener
  • Plant breeder
  • Nursery manager
  • Sports turf scientist
  • Urban green space manager
  • Interior horticultural specialist

Did you know?

Horticulture is one of the largest industries in the UK, contributing £9 billion to the UK economy every year.

Our RHS accredited courses allow you to gain access to the limitless professional world of horticulture and landscaping.

Our students and apprentices regularly win awards at prestigious national RHS events such as the Chelsea and Hampton Court Flower Shows.

Facilities

You will have access to over 30 acres of gardens at our Enfield Campus, our two farms and the extensive plant collections and open spaces at our Crystal Palace Park, Gunnersbury Park, Regent’s Park and Mottingham campuses, providing you with the opportunity for inspirational practical learning.

Additionally, our students undertake work experience within the industry and benefit from numerous educational visits to horticultural businesses, green spaces, roof gardens, community spaces, urban pocket parks and the traditional gardens of Kew, Wisley, Audley End and Hyde Hall. At Forty Hall Farm in Enfield, students can experience our working market garden and have access to Forty Hall Vineyard.

Jessica's story

The course has helped me in my current role through confidence and it has enabled me to pass on knowledge to others about the specifics of cultivation. Jessica studied the RHS Level 2 and 3 courses at Capel Manor College