RHS Level 2 Certificate in the Principles of Plant Growth and Development

Subject Area: Course code: Course Type:
Horticulture & Plant Science HR064A07/24/1 Short Course

Course Information

Horticulturists play a vital role in greening our cities, creating healthy environments, tending gardens and designed landscape and growing food. This qualification allows learners to develop a level of plant knowledge deemed essential by the horticultural industries.
It assesses the knowledge of the scientific principles underpinning horticultural practices and supports career development for those already working in the profession.


  • RHS Level 2 Certificate in the Principles of Horticulture
Course Content
  • The qualification consists of two units with four topics per unit.
    Unit 1
    Plant Science 1- Scientific naming of plants with plant structure and function.
    Plant Health-Effect of range of factors: environment, nutrition, pests and pathogens, passports and biosecurity.
    Plant Nutrition-Including soil types and profiles, soil-based nutrition and availability, growing media.
    Plant Specification- Recommending plants based on site and plant-based criteria, plant specifications, planting and post planting care and maintenance.

    Unit 2
    Plant Science 2-Range and role of plant adaptations
    Planting Styles-Factors involved in creating a range of plantings: historical context, formal and informal planting, plant associations, plant uses, edible landscapes.
    Horticulture and Society- Wellbeing, environment, economy, community, cultural identity.
    Biodiversity-Creating habitats, impact of climate change, Citizen science and species survey, biodiversity action plan

    Applicants will be invited to discuss their application with a member of the teaching team by telephone and asked to attend a familiarisation session at Kingston Maurward on Tuesday 25th June 2024 9am-12pm.Exact timings and details TBC

    The qualification is assessed by externally set examinations taken in February and June, exact date to be confirmed.

    The assessment will be by externally set written examinations. Students enrolled on the course at Kingston Maurward College will be able to sit the exams here in February and June with the date set by the RHS as the Awarding Body. There will be 2 exams, one per unit.
Entry Requirements
  • Interest and enthusiasm.
    Levels of literacy to cope with demands of course.
    Commitment to engage in further self- study each week.

Next Steps
  • RHS L2 Certificate in Practical Horticulture ( HR063)
    Level 3 Horticulture ( HR221)
    HNC in Horticulture ( HR066)
Career Opportunities
  • Professional gardening, employed by an organisation or as a self-employed gardener.
    Retail gardening
    Plant production

Dates & Fees

Dates & Times
Start date: End date: Start time: End time:
11-Sep-2024 (Only 36 days left to apply) 25-Jun-2025 9am 1.15pm
Mode of attendance
Day of the week Number of sessions
Wednesday 33
Course Fees
Fee (Short Course Full Fee) £1000.00

Materials Required

Note taking equipment- stationery or electronic device.

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