RHS Level 2 Certificate in the Principles of Plant Growth and Development Qualification

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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 Level 2 Certificate in the Principles of Plant Growth and Development Qualification provides you with a solid theoretical grounding.  It offers an understanding behind the science of plants, such as how they function, nutrition, health, adaptations and various planting styles.  You will also develop an understanding of the horticultural industry and the vital role plants play in enhancing biodiversity.

This qualification is divided into two units, each containing four topics.

Unit 1:  Plant Science 1; Plant Health; Plant Nutrition; Plant Specification (studied in the 1st year of the course)

Unit 2:  Plant Science 2; Planting Styles; Horticulture and Society; Biodiversity (studied in the 2nd year of the course)

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 held on Monday, 26th June 2023 from 09:30-11:10 am.  For further details regarding the qualification and syllabus, please visit the RHS website.

Attainment of both the Certificate in the Principles of Plant Growth and Development and the Certificate in Practical Horticulture will result in you achieving the Level 2 Certificate in the Principles and Practices of Horticulture.   

Course Fees: The full fee for this course is £590 which includes a booking fee, tuition, RHS registration and examination fees (£76),  and materials.  The course fee may be paid by instalments: a non-refundable booking fee of £180 to reserve your place, followed by five monthly payments of £82.  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: You will also be able to pay for the £180 deposit online by clicking on the ‘Book Now’ button below or by card at reception.   Please ensure your place is booked and the deposit paid for at least 5 days before the course starts in order to ensure your place.

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:  The 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 note:  The course(s) will only run on a Tuesday and Thursday evening if we have sufficient numbers.  You will be asked for your preference, but this cannot be guaranteed.

Covid-19: Whilst 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 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 19.00 - 21.00 Y1 and 19.00 - 21.30 Y2
Weeks/Term 30 weeks
Start Date 11/10/2022
Cost £590
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