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Practical Horticulture RHS Level 2 Certificate

Shuttleworth College Horticulture Students


Practical Horticulture RHS Level 2 Certificate

The qualification provides learners with the breath of horticultural knowledge and skills required to carry out routine tasks proficiently in a variety of contexts, it supports progression into employment within areas of the horticultural industries (such as professional gardening, landscaping, plant production and garden retail), as well as supporting learning in entry level roles in the early stages of a horticultural career. It also meets the needs of amateur gardeners.

A two Hectare Garden plus a potting shed provides an area to practice skills that have been taught on the course. Staff with experience within the Horticultural industry provide practical information in order to complete the course.

Course information

Entry requirements

A knowledge of basic garden skills (although most of these will be taught on the course) and basic English and maths are desirable.

Course content
  • Plant identification
  • Plant Establishment
  • Plant Propagation
  • Plant Health
  • Plant Care
  • Plant Pruning
  • Garden Features
  • Grassed areas.

RHS Level 2 Certificate in Practical Horticulture.

Assessment methods

A range of assessment methods will be used to assess this qualification. They include formative assessment by tutors, and a range of summative short answer tests as well as two direct observation sessions by RHS assessors. One in Spring and one at the end of the course.

Further study and career options

Course progression:

Either level 2 principle qualifications or if this has been achieved Level 3 RHS Theory and Practical qualifications.

Career progression:

Areas include professional gardening, landscaping, plant production and garden retail

Additional information

You will need to wear Steel toe capped boots or shoes, have a pair of gardening gloves and a notebook and pen. Using a camera phone can be useful (not essential) when revising especially Plant identification.

Available Courses
Shuttleworth College
Starts: 23/09/2022
Type: Part Time
Length: 1 year
Day(s): Friday
Time(s): 9:30am - 12:30pm
Fees: Fee Calculator
Shuttleworth College
Starts: 06/01/2023
Type: Part Time
Length: 20 weeks
Day(s): Friday
Time(s): 9:30am - 4:30pm
Fees: Fee Calculator

Whilst every effort is made to ensure the information on the Website is correct, some details may be subject to change. The Bedford College Group reserves the right to make amendments to the courses, dates, fees or other details, and to make cancellations or changes if numbers are insufficient. In the unfortunate situation that we have to cancel a course we will refund your fees in full, but we regret we are not able to offer any refund if you withdraw from your course or fail to start, and you will be liable to pay any outstanding fees that may be due.

Funding Information

The College offers an instalment plan for Further Education and Higher Education courses to students where the total amount payable at the point of enrolment is £200 or more. Within the scheme there is an ability to pay up to 6 instalments, depending on the length of the courses and the final payment must be paid at least a month before the end of the course.

If you are aged 19 or over you may qualify for an Advanced Learner Loan to help you pay the tuition fees for this course. Alternatively, you can pay by instalments to help make the cost of this course more affordable. 

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Unemployed offer

This course could be FREE! You could be eligible for free study if you are unemployed and on a qualifying benefit. To find out if you are eligible open our Part-time fee flow chart below or call our Customer Contact team on 0345 658 8990.


Part-time Fee Flow Chart

If you live in any of the following areas and wish to apply for or enrol on one of our courses, please contact our Customer Contact team on 0345 658 8990 to check if your course is funded or not (Please note that if your course is not funded then you will pay a higher fee than what is listed, please contact our Customer Contact team for more information):

  • Cambridgeshire and Peterborough
  • Greater Manchester
  • Greater London
  • Liverpool City Region
  • Tees Valley
  • West of England
  • West Midlands
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Additional Learning Support

If you have a specific learning difficulty or disability, are deaf or hearing impaired, our Additional Learning Support team are on hand to give you assistance whenever you need it.

Any questions?

If you would like to find out more about this or other courses, please use our Livechat below, email or call us on 0345 658 8990.


We have access arrangements in place to help students with disabilities or any other particular needs. Call us on 01234 291000 or 01536 413123 for more information.

Additional formats

Course information sheets are also available in large print and audio formats. Call us on 01234 291000 or 01536 413123 to order your copy.