RHS Level 2 Certificate in the Principles of Garden Planning, Establishment and Maintenance

RQF Qualification Number 500/8295/4

**This course is no longer available to new enrolments from April 1 2023**

Students on this course will have until February 2024 to complete their examinations and must ensure they allow sufficient time to achieve the qualification.

If you are interested in completing the latest RHS Level 2 qualification – RHS Level 2 Certificate in the Principles of Plant Growth and Development please click here for further information.

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.

  • Learn the essentials of designing and maintaining gardens – including growing fruit and vegetables and the benefits of greenhouses
  • Flexible home-study course so you can fit your learning around your work and life
  • Quality course materials and excellent tutor support – to help you achieve your goals
  • Follows the RHS syllabus
  • HCC is an approved Distance Learning Provider with RHS for the Level 2 qualifications
  • On successful completion of your studies and the RHS exams you will receive the nationally recognised RHS qualification
  • Suitable for both amateur and professional gardeners
  • No previous experience needed

This course is available for student enrolments up to April 2023 and registered students will have until the final exam session scheduled for February 2024 to successfully achieve this qualification. For further information please visit our news page.

How the course works

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.)

All the required study materials are included.

On successful completion of your studies and the RHS exams you will be awarded the nationally recognised RHS qualification.

* RHS examination fees apply and are payable to the examination centre
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