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RHS Level 2 Certificate in Principles of Garden Planning, Establishment and Maintenance

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This course is a highly intensive theory course suitable for people who wish to develop their knowledge in garden planning, establishment and maintenance for career purposes although keen amateurs are welcome. Prospective students will be considered if they have previously completed either the L2 Certificate in the Principles of Plant Growth, Propagation and Development or the L2 Certificate in Practical Horticulture course.

The Course
This is a highly intensive part-time theory based course that can either be taken one day per week for one and a half terms or one evening a week for three terms

Day course 9.00 to 16.00 (September to February) or 9.00 to 17.00 (February to June) or evening course 18.00 to 21.00 (September to June at Regent’s Park only)

It forms part of the full RHS Level 2 Certificate in the Principles in Horticulture (along with the certificate in the Principles of Plant Growth, Propagation and Development). The qualification provides a route to employment in professional horticulture. It also aims to support career development for those already working in the industry. The course is all theory but will include demonstrations and walks around the grounds to support classroom learning wherever possible. The course is very intensive and students will need to allow approximately 6 hours per week for study at home.

Course Content
Understanding Garden Features, Plant Selection and Planning (5 credits)

  • Carry out and record a garden survey
  • Site appraisal and recording data
  • Garden planning principles and elements of design
  • Garden design styles
  • Effective and appropriate use of hard landscape materials
  • Effective and appropriate use of soft landscape elements
  • Key elements and cohesive design
  • Health and safety and environmental awareness in garden design

Understanding the Choice, Establishment and Maintenance of Garden Plants and Lawns (3 credits)

  • Establishment and maintenance of plants for seasonal display
  • Establishment and maintenance of herbaceous perennial plantings & bulbs
  • Establishment and maintenance of woody plants
  • Establishment and maintenance of alpines and rock plants
  • Establishment and maintenance of garden pools
  • Establishment and maintenance of lawns

Understanding the Production of Outdoor Vegetables and Fruit (3 credits)

  • Site selection for outdoor food production
  • Cultural operations for outdoor food production
  • Principles of vegetable production
  • Principles of fruit production

Understanding Protected Environments and their use in Plant Cultivation (3 credits)

  • Range and uses of protected structures
  • The growing environment within protected structures
  • Structural and cladding materials
  • Controlling the environment within the protected structure
  • Containers and growing media
  • Use of protected environment
  • Care of plants in an interior situation

Qualifications gained
Passing all four units on this course leads to the RHS L2 Certificate in the Principles of Garden Planning, Establishment and Maintenance which forms half of the RHS Level 2 Certificate in the Principles of Horticulture and one third of the RHS L2 Diploma in the Principles and Practice of Horticulture

Assessment
The RHS L2 Certificate in the Principles of Garden Planning, Establishment and Maintenance is assessed by four written exams at the end of the course (day course) or two exams in February and two exams in June (evening course) or four exams in June for February start courses.

It is an essential requirement for all course members to sit all exams

  • Understanding Garden Features, Plant Selection and Planning (80 minutes)
  • Understanding the Choice, Establishment and Maintenance of Garden Plants and Lawns (50 minutes)
  • Understanding the Production of Outdoor Vegetables and Fruit
    (50 minutes)
  • Understanding Protected Environments and their use in Plant Cultivation (50 minutes)

Entry Requirements
Because of the demands of this exam based course, students must be independent learners with well-developed literacy and study skills. All students should be prepared to be assessed by intensive written examination.

Entry requirements are:

  • a minimum of GCSE level attainment including English at Grade C or higher
    For February start day course, prior successful completion of the RHS Level 2 Certificate in Plant Growth, Propagation and Development certificate or RHS L2 Certificate in Practical Horticulture is necessary

Additional Costs
A payment of £20 will be payable on enrolment to contribute to the cost of learning materials

Venue
Gunnersbury Park (Tuesday day class Feb 2020 start,) Regent’s Park (Tuesday day class September 2019 start or Wednesday day class Feb 2020 start or Thursday evening class September 2019 start) Crystal Palace (Wednesday day class Feb 2020 start) Enfield (Tuesday day class September 2019 start

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Last updated: 03-04-2019

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