23-24 Class full - Please email us to express your interest for 24-25 (to be advertised end of June 2024)

This course assesses the knowledge of the scientific principles underpinning horticultural practices and supports career development for those already working in the profession. It also provides learners the opportunity of personal development, including the changing of careers and engagement in their    learning and offers an opportunity to develop transferable skills such as problem solving, implementing management plans / programmes, and communication as part of their applied learning. It allows learners the opportunity to progress to further learning opportunities at Level 3, and then to higher   education, career advancement or entry in the horticultural industries at a more advanced, technical level. There are no pre-requisites for entry to this qualification.  (RHS Qualifications—RHS Level 2 Certificate in Principles of Plant Growth and Development—Qualification Specification).

The total number of Guided Learning Hours for this course is 60 per year, split over three terms.  Classes will be 2 hours long and take place once a week following the academic calendar (dates on our website).

This qualification certificate is divided into two units, each containing four topics made up of elements. This particular course covers UNIT 2.  The content is identified through the use of Topic / Element codes, as follows:



This qualification will be assessed by a written examination for each unit. Both unit examinations carry equal marks.  You have to achieve at least 50% in each unit and must pass both unit 1 and 2 in order to be awarded the qualification. A final grade for the overall qualification will be calculated by amalgamating the marks for each unit and expressed as a percentage. You will be awarded the following grades for the complete qualification:  50-64% Pass / 65-79% Merit / 80%+ Distinction.

The exams are an integral part of the course and are not optional.  The exam for Unit 1 will be offered in-centre and will be available in June, with re-sits available in February and June of the following year.  Dates will be confirmed by the RHS and communicated to students as soon as possible.  For further details regarding the qualification and syllabus, please visit the RHS website.

A formal certificate is issued by the RHS on successful completion of the qualification the learner is enrolled on.


Reserving Your PlacePlease pay the £200 deposit online by clicking on the ‘Book Now’ button on our website or by sending us an email (adultlearning@bottishamvc.org) to reserve your place and then pay the deposit by card at reception or over the phone.   Please ensure your place is booked and the deposit paid for at least 7 days before the course starts in order to ensure your place. Places are limited so we advise booking as soon as possible.


Course FeesThe full fee for this course is £650 which includes a booking fee, tuition, RHS registration, examination fees and materials.  A deposit of £200 is due before the course start date and the remainder of the course fee may be paid by instalments: a non-refundable booking fee of £200 to reserve your place, followed by six monthly payments (from October 2023 to March 2024) of £75.  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.

Should you wish to pay the full £650 fee, please do so via Wisepay or contact us and we can take a card payment in person or over the phone.


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 and available only to students aged over the age of 19.  Depending on your personal circumstances, (e.g., 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.


Full Enrolment Before the start of the course, you MUST complete and return a full enrolment form for the academic year 2023-2024 (available to download on the payment page).  You will also be able to pay for the instalments online by clicking on the ‘Book Now’ button on our website 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.  You will need to bring original documents supporting your application for funding on the first evening of class.  Please note that any applications not fully completed by 21 September 2023 will not be considered and funding will not be made available.   The full course fee will then be payable as per the information provided in this document.


Further InformationThe syllabus is taught by experienced tutors using a variety of delivery methods.  Comprehensive handouts will be provided.  In order to gain the most from your course and achieve the qualification, at least 2 hours’ home study is required each week.  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.


Please noteThe course will only run on a Thursday evening.


Covid-19Whilst we fully intend to offer this course in the classroom, we reserve the right to change the delivery of this course to remote learning via an online platform, should COVID-19 local restrictions make it necessary.  In such circumstances no refund of course fees will apply.


IMPORTANT STIPULATIONFor 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 Dates:

September – 14, 21 and 28

October – 12 and 19

November – 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30

December – 7


January – 11, 18 and 25

February – 1, 8, 15 and 29

March – 7, 14 and 21


April – 18 and 25

May – 2, 9, 16 and 23

June – 6, 13 and 20



Course Details

Day Thursday
Time 19.00 - 21.00
Weeks/Term 3 terms
Start Date 14/09/2023
Cost £650
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