Practical Horticulture (RHS) Certificate Level 2

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About the course

Do you enjoy working outside with your hands with plants and soil? Are you looking for a change of career in parks and gardens? Do you want a part time course that leads to a nationally recognised Level 2 qualification? This is an intensive course where excellent  attendance and commitment will enable you to achieve the RHS level 2 Practical Horticulture Certificate to support you on your chosen career path.

Entry Requirements

To join the course you must have:

  • Achieved a Level 1 qualification or  an equivalent in another subject
  • An interest in working with plants & soil outside in all weathers.
  • A good level of Physical Fitness
  • Grade D GCSE English or equivalent
  • A positive attitude to excellent attendance and meeting assessment deadlines.

You will be required to attend an information session (please allow 2.5 hours) where:

  • you will receive the course information
  • you will be asked some questions regarding your personal health and fitness as this course involves digging and carrying out physically-demanding tasks
  • you will take a tour of the Horticulture facilities
  • you will carry out a writing task
What will I do on this course?

This course will be mainly practical with some classroom based sessions. It is made of units which cover the following subjects:

  • 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 disorders and beneficial organisms
  • Sustainable garden practice.
Who is it for?

If you want to develop practical skills and knowledge to use at home or at work in the horticultural industry this could be the course for you. This is a part time course (1 days/week) over 30 weeks based at our SBSA centre. After completing the course possible employment opportunities include; working in a garden centre, Parks Dept, landscaping, grounds maintenance, or as a self employed gardener.

How Is this course assessed?

Each unit of the course is assessed separately and is made up of mainly practical course work and some short knowledge assessments. Practical assessments will be on-going throughout the course. Students must pass all unit practical assessments in order to achieve the overall qualification. Students will be expected to identify a range of plants using their botanical names

What could I do next?

You can progress onto the following courses:

  • Level 2 RHS Certificate in the Principles of Horticulture
  • C&G (NVQ) Work Based Horticulture 2 (Apprenticeship)
  • City & Guilds Garden Design Level 2
Additional cost

For practical sessions you will need to provide your own safety boots, gloves and suitable wet/cold weather clothing. You will also need your own writing materials and folders. There may be a small charge for trips using college transport.

£25.00 resource fee payable at the start of the course.

Interview

You will be required to attend an information session and you will be asked some questions regarding your personal health and fitness as this course involves digging and carrying out physically-demanding tasks.

Adult pathways

This course is for adults aged 19 and over.

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How old will you be when the course starts?

16-18 19+
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