A comprehensive introduction to garden planning and maintenance
This course, popular with both professional and keen amateur gardeners, will provide you with a really solid foundation in garden planning and maintenance, fruit and vegetable growing, and protected growing. You will explore topics including basic surveying and garden design; plant selection (including the world of Latin names); maintaining lawns and garden plants; the production of outdoor edibles; and working in greenhouses. It prepares you for the Level 2 RHS qualification which can provide a route into a horticultural career – on completion you could work as an assistant gardener, nursery worker or trainee garden designer. The RHS qualification is also an excellent base for further training.
Your first set of course materials will be sent to you when you enrol. You can start as soon as you want and progress through the course at your own pace (you have 2 years to complete it), studying when and where you choose. This flexibility makes it easy to fit learning around work and family commitments.
The extensive course materials have been developed by gardening experts and are clear and straightforward, so your studying is easy and enjoyable. As you complete each lesson, your tutor will promptly return your marked assignment with constructive feedback and guidance. (You can also contact your tutor or the support team for help at any point during your studies.)
The course includes all the required study materials.
On successful completion you will be awarded an HCC Certificate. You also have the option to take the exams for the nationally recognised RHS qualification.
We are proud of our friendly, caring ethos and aim to do all we can to help you succeed.
Our tutors are all experienced, highly qualified and passionate about sharing their love of their subject. You can phone or email your tutor throughout the course – to ask questions, for advice, encouragement or to draw on their wealth of knowledge.
You can also contact the support team who are here to help you Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm.
All learners are eligible for an NUS Extra card.
RHS Level 2 Certificate in the Principles of Garden Planning, Establishment and Maintenance – A 4-lesson study programme of preparation for the RHS examination.
Lesson 1 – Garden Features, Plant Selection and Planning
Lesson 2 – The Choice, Establishment and Maintenance of Garden Plants and Lawns
Lesson 3 – Production of Outdoor Vegetables and Fruit
Lesson 4 – Protected Environments and their use in Plant Cultivation
If needed you have 2 years to complete the course. Many students are able to complete this course in approximately 9-12 months (approx 140 learning hours)*.
*Timescales are approximate and depend upon application and motivation.
On successful completion of this course you will receive an HCC Certificate*, graded to show the standard you have reached. Because of the HCC’s reputation this can be highly regarded on a CV and, combined with your portfolio of coursework, is evidence of your achievements (whether you are applying for a job or a more advanced study course).
There is no obligation to sit the external examinations for the nationally recognised RHS qualification, but it can be particularly valuable for vocational learners. When you pass you will be awarded:
For the Royal Horticultural Society qualifications, you would need to register as an external candidate with an RHS Approved Centre. Lists of such centres are available from the HCC on request.
You would also need to obtain the RHS syllabus and an entry form directly from the Royal Horticultural Society. Please click here to download RHS outline syllabus, examination dates and fees. Your exam fees are payable to the RHS Approved Centre.
* The HCC Certificate will be issued once you have successfully completed your course and finished your course payments.
You do not need previous gardening knowledge or experience to enrol on this course.
There are two ways you can enrol on this course. You can:
To enrol by phone, please call us on Freephone 0800 083 9191 or 01409 220 777.