RHS Level 2 Certificate in Practical Horticulture

Course full but payment link remains open for the instalments.



Highly valued by employers and designed for part-time study, this qualification is for those intending to pursue a professional career in horticulture. There are no pre-requisites for entry to this qualification, but you will need a good level of spoken and written English (eg: GCSE Grade C /4) to cope with the demands of the course.

The RHS Level 2 Certificate in Practical Horticulture covers essential craft skills, which include the planting, pruning, propagation and maintenance of plants along with the establishment and management of turf, and maintenance of garden features. You will also be able to identify a range of plants, pests, diseases, pathogens and disorders.
For further details regarding the qualification and syllabus, please visit the RHS website.

This qualification is divided into eight topics, each made up of elements covering a specific aspect of practical horticulture, as follows:

• Plant Identification                  • Plant Establishment                • Plant Propagation
• Plant Health                              • Plant Care                                   • Plant Pruning
• Garden Features                       • Grassed Areas

A range of methods will be used to assess this qualification. They include formative assessment of your skills by our tutors, and a range of summative short answer tests as well as direct observation by RHS Assessors.
The practical courses are taught and assessed at our plots at Anglesey Abbey Gardens (National Trust), Lode, which are within a mile of Bottisham Village College.

Course Fees: The full fee for this course is £890 which includes a booking fee, tuition, RHS registration and examination fees (£152),  and materials.  The course fee may be paid by instalments: a non-refundable booking fee of £210 to reserve your place, followed by eight monthly payments of £85.  Please note that if you choose to withdraw from the course, the full course fee remains payable.  In the event of the course not running, or a place not being available, the booking fee will be refunded.

Funding :  Some of our RHS courses are co-funded* (subsidised) by the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) and the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority (CPCA).  This funding is managed by Cambridgeshire Skills.  Depending on your personal circumstances, (eg, unemployed or low waged and in receipt of certain benefits) at the commencement of the course,  you may be eligible for a fully funded place, where only the booking fee is payable.  Completion of our full enrolment form at the commencement of the course will indicate whether you are eligible, until then you should expect to pay the full fee. *Subject to continuation of funding.

Reserving Your Place:  To reserve a place on the course please follow the ‘Book Now’ link below and pay for the £210 deposit.  Should you be unable to do that, please send our Adult Learning Team an email and we will take a card payment over the telephone.

Full Enrolment :  Before the start of the course, you will complete a full enrolment form for the academic year 2022-2023.  You will also be able to pay for the instalments online by clicking on the ‘Book Now’ button below or by card at reception on or before the due dates.   Alternatively you may pay the full balance of your course fee.  Please note that either the first instalment or the full balance must reach us by the first scheduled payment date to retain your place.

Further Information:  All tools and equipment are supplied, but you will need to supply your own safety boots (steel toe capped) and appropriate clothing for garden work in all weathers.  We suggest you also ensure that your tetanus vaccinations are up to date and that you are physically fit to undertake the manual work required for the course.  The Centre expects a high level of commitment to the course, because places are limited.  If you do not attend for 4 consecutive weeks, you will be withdrawn from the course.

Visits to places of interest such as The University Botanic Gardens and Anglesey Abbey Gardens will be offered on some Sundays throughout the year.  Costs for external visits are not included in the course fee.

The course will only run on Fridays and Saturdays if we have sufficient numbers.  Please indicate on your booking form which day you would prefer.

A schedule of dates is available as a separate document.

Covid-19: Whilst we fully intend to offer this course as outlined above, we reserve the right to change the delivery or temporarily pause the course, should COVID-19 local restrictions make it necessary.  In such circumstances no refund of course fees will apply.

IMPORTANT STIPULATION: For those students applying for and being granted funding, please note that you MUST complete ALL learning and pass ALL exams.  Failure to do so will mean the FULL COURSE FEE WILL BE DUE, as the funding requirements will not have been met.


Course Details

Time 10.00 - 14.00
Weeks/Term 30 weeks
Start Date 07/10/2022
Cost £890
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