RHS Level 2 Certificate in the Principles of Horticulture

RQF Qualification Number: 601/0355/3

A great introduction to key principles

Enrolments onto this course closed on April 1 2022.

We plan to launch the new RHS syllabus from September. Please contact our student advisors for further information and guidance or, to register your interest in the new syllabus without obligation, please click here

This popular RHS course is an ideal first step for learners considering a career in horticulture. It’s also a great choice for leisure or professional gardeners who want to improve their knowledge, including some essential theory! Topics covered range from the miracle of how plants grow, how to propagate them and maintain them, to plant selection, basic surveying, garden design and the benefits of greenhouses and other protected environments.

  • Provides a broad-based understanding of plant biology and horticultural techniques
  • Flexible home-study course so you can fit your learning around your work and life
  • Quality course material 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

How the course works

This course consists of two parts:

  • RHS Level 2 Certificate in the Principles of Plant Growth, Propagation and Development (RQF 601/0554/9)
  • RHS Level 2 Certificate in the Principles of Garden Planning, Establishment & Maintenance (RQF 500/8295/4)

(These two parts, which we also offer separately that lead to distinct qualifications in their own right, make up the ‘RHS Level 2 Certificate in the Principles of Horticulture’)

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.

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