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RHS Certificate in Practical Horticulture - L2

Course code: EPCM302P

Subject area: Horticulture

Study level: Part Time

Course level: 2

Course details

9:30am - 12:30pm

Saturday

24th Sep 2022 - 17th Jun 2023

Common Leys Farm

Contact details

enquiries@abingdon-witney.ac.uk

01235 555 585

This is a well-recognised practical qualification accredited by the Royal Horticultural Society that focuses on developing the essential skills needed in horticulture. The course is delivered on a Wednesday or Saturday morning in two 12-week blocks with a break over the winter months.

Equipment:
As this is a very practical course you will need to provide yourself with the following items of PPE (Personal Protective Equipment): steel toe capped safety boots and work or gardening gloves. You will also need a pair of secateurs and ear defenders.

The qualification supports career development for those already working in the profession, for those wanting to move into the horticulture industry or for amateurs wishing to increase their skills.

This certificate is divided into eight topics, each made up of elements covering a specific aspect of practical horticulture, as follows:
1. Plant Identification: provides the skills and knowledge to enable learners to identify a wide range of plants.
2. Plant Establishment: provides learners with the skills involved in the establishment of plants in containers and the open ground.
3. Plant Propagation: provides learners with the skills and underpinning knowledge to propagate plants professionally.
4. Plant Health: provides the skills to be able to identify and prevent a range of threats to plant health.
5. Plant Care: equips learners with the skills and knowledge to be able to implement garden maintenance plans.
6. Plant Pruning: equips learners with the horticultural skills and knowledge to be able to prune a range of plants.
7. Garden Features: provides learners with the skills and underpinning knowledge to be able care for and maintain a wide range of garden features.
8. Grassed Areas: provides learners with the skills required to establish and maintain grassed areas in private and public garden settings.

• 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
• Safe operation of powered garden machinery
Students can progress onto the Level 3 RHS Certificate in Practical Horticulture or complete the RHS Level 2 Certificate in the Principles of Plant Growth and Development to make up the full Level 2 Certificate in Principles and Practices of Horticulture.
No specific qualifications are required although candidates should have an appropriate level of general education to enable them to complete identification tests and short written knowledge tests.
The rules on fee reduction are complicated and we would encourage you to talk to our Admissions staff on 01235 555 585 to discuss your options. You can find more information on our Fees and Bursaries page - search "Fees and Bursaries" at the top of the page.

There are bursaries available to help you with other course costs. Call 01235 216 212 for more information.

As part of your course we may organise trips to assist you with your learning. Trips are optional, and you will not be penalised if you choose not to participate. Bursaries may also available to cover the cost of some trips.

There are bursaries available to help you with other course costs. Call 01235 216 212 for more information.

The rules on fee reduction are complicated and we would encourage you to talk to our Admissions staff on 01235 555 585 to discuss your options. You can find more information on our Fees and Bursaries page - search "Fees and Bursaries" at the top of the page.

16 - 18 Fee


19+ Fee

Tuition Fee: £420.00
Exam Fee: £0.00
Kit / Clothing: £70.00

Total Cost: £490.00


19+ Reduced Fee

Tuition Fee: £0.00
Exam Fee: £0.00
Kit / Clothing: £70.00

Total Cost: £70.00

On successful completion of the course learners will be awarded the RHS Level 2 Certificate in Practical Horticulture.
Practical learning environment. Students build a portfolio of evidence combining practical observation of skills with some written work. A range of methods will be used to assess this qualification. They include formative assessment of skills by tutors at RHS Centres, and a range of summative short answer tests as well as direct observation by RHS Assessors. All assessments must be conducted in accordance with the RHS requirements (see rhs.org.uk/qualifications for more details).