Principles of Horticulture RHS Level 2 Certificate

Course overview

The Principles of Horticulture Level 2 Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) course is a nationally-recognised, one-year, part-time qualification for those wishing to pursue a professional career in horticulture and those amateur gardeners who wish to have their horticultural knowledge formally assessed.

Instruction is carried out by highly qualified tutors in the extensive ornamental grounds, plant nursery, woodlands and sports turf areas at the college. Merrist Wood has developed a considerable reputation for horticulture and for it’s award-winning gardens designed and built at RHS Flower Shows.

The diverse range of plants in the college’s 400 acre estate, together with purpose-designed buildings, including lecture rooms, laboratories, library facilities and computer suites, all provide an ideal environment for horticulture students.

Theory lessons and demonstrations mainly in a classroom.

It is desirable to have practical horticultural experience for optimum benefit from the course.

RHS Level 3 Principles of Horticulture and the RHS Level 2 and Level 3 Practical qualifications.

Stout footwear are required for outdoor sessions. Current students have found that a camera is useful for keeping a record of plants studied on the course.

Further details of RHS qualifications can be found on the RHS website

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