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Practical Horticulture Level 2

Programme Description



Royal Horticultural Society qualifications are aimed primarily at vocational candidates intent on acquiring the necessary skills and knowledge to pursue a career in horticulture. In addition, this RHS Level 2 Certificate is ideal for dedicated amateurs who wish to have their horticultural knowledge and skills formally assessed. The course is based at the Aberglasney Gardens .

This practical qualification focuses on developing essential skills which offer opportunities for employment and also provide the foundation for Level 3 qualifications.


Programme Features



  • The course is based at the National Botanic Garden of Wales, which has excellent practical facilities and offers students the opportunity to work alongside experienced horticulturalists and botanists
  • Students have access to the Library at the Gelli Aur Campus, which has a large stock of horticultural learning materials
  • Students have free internet access for research in the College Libraries

Progression & Employment



Learners may progress to the RHS Level 2 Certificate in the Principles of Plant Growth, Propagation and Development or the RHS Level 2 Certificate in the Principles of Garden Planning, Establishment and Maintenance

Progression to RHS Level 3 qualifications is also an option.


Programme Content



Mandatory units:

  • Soil testing (1 credit)                                                       
  • Sowing seeds and vegetative propagation techniques (2 credits) 
  • Practical skills in ground preparation for seeding and planting (2 credits)
  • Practical skills in establishing seeds and plants in soil (2 credits)
  • Care and pruning of plants (3 credits)                               
  • Indentification of a range of common garden plants, weeds, pests, diseases and disorders and beneficial organisms (3 credits)

Optional units:

  • Sustainable garden practice (2 credits) 
  • Safe operation of powered garden machinery (2 credits)

Programme Assessment



Assessment is by means of a range of practical activities timetabled and assessed within the approved centre.

Learners who have successfully completed the Level 2 Practical Certificate and all the mandatory units for the two theory-based Level 2 qualifications will be awarded the RHS Level 2 Diploma in the Principles and Practices of Horticulture.


Programme Entry Requirements



Applicants should have some work experience in the industry or be experienced gardeners.

There are no academic entry qualifications for this course.


Additional Costs



All learners are required to pay an administration fee of £45 prior to enrolment.

You will need to provide your own stationery and may also incur costs if the department arranges educational visits.