The Royal Horticultural Society
Founded in 1804, the Royal Horticultural Society is a renowned UK gardening charity dedicated to encouraging and advancing the science, art and practice of horticulture.
Its activities are diverse and include organising some of the world’s leading flower shows, operating famous gardens, conducting ground-breaking horticultural research and campaigning to spread the benefits of gardening.
The RHS also offers a range of qualifications – highly regarded by both employers and the academic world – for anyone wanting to develop their gardening knowledge and skills, from beginner level to advanced studies.
The Royal Forestry Society
Founded in 1882, the Royal Forestry Society is a woodland educational charity, covering England, Wales and Northern Ireland, that promotes the wise management of trees and woods.
RFS activities include many field meetings, lectures and seminars, publishing the highly respected Quarterly Journal of Forestry, and managing three woodlands, including the oldest and largest grove of coast redwoods in Europe at Leighton Hall, Powys. The RFS also offers recognised qualifications through the Awarding Bodies Consortium (ABC), including the popular Certificate in Arboriculture.
The Institute of Horticulture
The Institute of Horticulture, established in 1984, is an organisation that represents professional horticulturists in the UK and Ireland. It focuses on fostering a close relationship between all sectors of the profession and is represented on and works collaboratively with allied bodies throughout the industry.
Its aims include promoting the importance and profession of horticulture; consulting with governmental and other policy making bodies on matters concerning the industry; promoting education and the development of all horticultural disciplines; and enabling horticulture professionals to meet and network.
The Horticultural Correspondence College is an accredited ABC Centre.
ABC Awards was established in 1998. It is a leading national awarding organisation which has a reputation for developing and awarding high quality vocational qualifications. Qualifications are developed with the support of relevant stakeholders to ensure they meet the needs and standards of UK industries and equip learners with the skills they need to progress within education or in a career.
ABC Awards provides more than 600 Ofqual regulated qualifications covering 12 industry sectors, to suit all ages and abilities. It works with over 900 centres nationally and many tens of thousands of learners achieve an ABC Awards qualification each year.
Established in 1955, ABCC is the only trade association in the UK dedicated to distance learning providers. It aims are to safeguard the interest of open learning students by ensuring exceptionally high standards and to provide a forum for the exchange of ideas and information on distance learning.
Member Colleges offer courses in hundreds of different subjects. To be eligible for membership providers must prove that they are of good standing with a proven track record, and all Member Colleges agree to a Code of Ethics which gives students an assurance of quality, integrity and fair dealing.
Prisoners Educational Trust
Since 1989, Prisoners Education Trust has been providing prisoners with access to broader learning opportunities, to improve their chances of building a better life after release.
The charity achieves this through a grants programme which helps over 2,000 prisoners each year to study distance learning courses in subjects and levels not otherwise available in prison. It also offers them advice and support, and works to influence policy, championing prisoner learners and good practice in prison education.