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Principles of Garden Planning, Establishment & Maintenance RHS Level 2 Certificate (Part-time)

Shuttleworth Horticulture adults


Principles of Garden Planning, Establishment & Maintenance RHS Level 2 Certificate

This part-time Level 2 course is designed by the Royal Horticultural Society to provide a route to employment in professional horticulture by assessing knowledge of the principles underpinning horticultural practices. The course also supports career development for those already working in the profession. It can be combined with the RHS Level 2 practical qualification and the principles of plant growth, propagation and development to form a full Level 2 qualification.

Course information

Entry requirements

You must possess good English skills in order to pass the written assessment.

Course content

The RHS has been awarding qualifications for over 100 years and its qualifications are held in high regard within the horticultural industry, making this course ideal if you are looking to increase your horticulture skills and knowledge, whilst also improving employment prospects.

The course will focus on more advanced principles of horticulture, including the skills and knowledge needed to become an experienced horticulturist.

The course consists of a number of classroom-based teaching units, including:

  • Understanding garden features, plant selection and planning, including surveying, recording information, and carrying out a site appraisal
  • Understanding the choice, establishment of maintenance of garden plants and lawns, including trees, shrubs, herbaceous perennials, alpines and rushes
  • Understanding the production and management of outdoor fruit and vegetables
  • Understanding protected environments (glasshouses, poly tunnels, cold frames etc.) and their use in plant cultivation.
Assessment methods

Assessment consists of a written examination set by the Royal Horticultural Society, which is taken at Shuttleworth College.

Further study and career options

On completion of this course you could progress onto other theory-based Level 2 qualifications, or onto an RHS Level 3 course.

Additional information

You will need to provide your own clothing suitable for working outdoors.

Available Courses
Shuttleworth College
Starts: 22/09/2022
Type: Part Time
Length: 17 weeks
Day(s): Thursday
Time(s): 9:30am - 3:30pm
Fees: Fee Calculator

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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.

Autism & Asperger’s Syndrome Support

We are committed to developing the provision for students on the autistic spectrum, including Asperger’s Syndrome.


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.