RHS Level 2 Certificate in Practical Horticulture

The Cheadle College

This qualification focuses on developing essential practical horticultural skills. These not only offer opportunities for employment, but provide the foundation for further skills development at Level 3.

The qualification consists of seven units covering the following subject areas: Core units:

  • Soil testing
  • Sowing seeds and vegetative propagation techniques
  • Practical skills in ground preparation for seeding and planting
  • Practical skills in establishing seeds and plants in soil
  • Care and pruning of plants
  • Identification of a range of common garden plants, weeds, pests, diseases and beneficial organisms.
  • Additional unit – Sustainable garden practice

Why choose it?  As this is an industry wide recognised qualification it is not only for those who want to improve their gardening knowledge, but also those who want to enter into or progress within the horticulture industry.

How will I learn?  Assessment is by means of a range of practical activities.

Who takes it?  People of all ages who have a passion for plants and gardening; anybody wanting to make the most of their allotment; someone who is already working in gardening or the horticultural industry and would like a formal qualification. Those interested in a career change or those who have retired and want to start a new hobby.

Learners taking these courses may also be interested in:

  • RHS Level 2 Certificate – Garden Planning, Establishment and Maintenance
  • RHS Level 2 Certificate – Plant Growth, Propagation and Development

Anyone who is successful in all three certificates will be awarded the Level 2 Diploma in the Principles and Practice of Horticulture.

Any other useful information? A wide selection of reference material is available for use in the classroom and many books are available to borrow from the college library. All required tools are available for practical sessions, but learners may find it useful to have their own gloves and secateurs. Safety shoes or boots must be provided and worn by learners for all practical sessions.

This course is part funded and leads to a qualification. If you are entitled to fee remission you will not pay any fees and you may be able to obtain financial support from the Learner Support Fund towards costs such as travel, equipment, stationery etc. Please ask at enrolment if you would like further information. If you are aged between 19 to 23 and have never achieved a full level 2 qualification you may be entitled to free tuition on this course. Please ask Admissions staff for details.

Further details about dates and times can be found in our prospectus here.