RHS Level 2 Certificate – Principles of Plant Growth, Propagation & Development

This course is a highly intensive exam assessed theory course which is suitable for people who wish to develop their knowledge in plant growth, development and propagation for career purposes although keen amateurs are welcome.

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

It forms part of the full RHS Level 2 Certificate in the Principles in Horticulture (along with the certificate in the Principles of Garden Planning, Establishment and Maintenance). 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 5 hours per week for study at home.

Course Content
Plant Classification, Structure and Function (5 credits)

  • Plant taxonomy and classification
  • Lifecycles and stages of plant development
  • Internal and external plant structure
  • Plant reproduction, fruits and seeds
  • Photosynthesis and respiration
  • Water and mineral movement
  • Plant growth and development


Plant Nutrition and the Root Environment (3 credits)

  • Health and safety and environmentally sustainable practices
  • Soil profile and horizons
  • Physical properties and makeup of soil
  • Soil water status
  • Organic matter and soil life
  • Soil pH
  • Plant nutrition
  • Alternative growing media


Maintaining Plant Health (3 credits)

  • Health and safety and environmentally sustainable practices
  • Weeds and how to control them
  • Pests and how to control them
  • Diseases and how to control them
  • Plant disorders and how to control them


Understanding Plant Propagation (3 credits)

  • Science and theory behind plant propagation
  • Harvesting, storing and raising plants from seed
  • Vegetative propagation

Qualifications Gained
Passing all four units on this course leads to the RHS L2 Certificate in the Principles of Plant Growth, Propagation and Development which forms half of the RHS L2 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 Plant Growth, Propagation and Development is assessed by four written exams at the end of the course (day course) or one exams in February and three 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

  • Plant Classification, Structure and Function (80 minutes)
  • Plant Nutrition and the Root Environment (50 minutes)
  • Maintaining Plant Health (50 minutes)
  • Understanding Plant Propagation (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


Additional Costs

A payment of £20 will be payable at enrolment to contribute to the cost of learning materials.

Venue
Gunnersbury Park (Tuesday day class September 2018 start,) Regent’s Park (Monday or Thursday day class September 2018 start or Tuesday day class Feb 2019 start or Thursday evening class September 2018 start) Crystal Palace Park (Wednesday day class September 2018 start) Enfield (Tuesday day class September 2018 start or Thursday day class Feb 2019 start)

Last updated: 25-01-2018