Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) courses

Principles of Horticulture and Practical Horticulture

At Reaseheath we offer a full suite of RHS (Royal Horticultural Society) programmes, both theory and hands on practical courses. These extensive courses cater for a wide range of people, including career changers who are interested in working in the wonderful world of Horticulture.

RHS Level 2 Certificates

This course allows students to develop and reinforce a wide range of practical horticultural skills which are required by the keen amateur or professional gardener. The course is suitable for all enthusiastic gardeners or horticultural students and offers opportunities for employment and further progression onto Level 3.

You can study either the theory or practical courses together or individually. Completion of the two Level 2 theory certificate and one Level 2 practical certificate will lead to the RHS Level 2 Diploma in the Principles and Practices of Horticulture.

Principles of Horticulture

The course consists of two certificates/units which can be taken independently or combined to form the full certificate.

UNIT 1

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

This course consists of four units which cover plant classification and function, plant nutrition, properties and management of soils and growing media, understanding pest, disease and weed lifecycles and the principles and practices of plant propagation in horticulture.

The course is mainly theory based and there will also be some selected trips and demonstrations of practical work, so dust down your gardening gloves! There are examinations in February and June which lead to a formal, nationally recognised, qualification.

UNIT 2

This course provides a firm foundation of knowledge to anyone interested in horticulture, as well as providing a route to employment in professional horticulture and supporting career development for those already working in the profession.

You will explore the world of basic surveying and garden design principles, whilst learning about plant selection (including the world of Latin names) and the benefits of greenhouses and other protected environments. Mainly theory and classroom based, there are examinations in February and June which lead to a formal, nationally recognised qualification.

This qualification can be taken on its own or with the RHS Level 2 Certificate in the Principles of Plant Growth, Propagation and Development (14 credits), to gain the RHS Level 2 Certificate in the Principles of Horticulture.

COURSE DETAILS

Course duration

  • 1 year

When will I study?

  • Wednesday 10am – 3pm

How much will it cost?

  • £670 plus registration fee

Entry requirements

  • An interest in the subject.

Start dates TBC

Level 2 Practical Horticulture

This course should appeal to someone looking for a career change, a professional gardener looking to improve their knowledge or the keen gardener.

You will spend time learning the practical aspects of propagation, cutting and division, whilst undertaking plant identification of a wide range of species. In addition, you will explore how to care for plants and employ sustainable
gardening practices such as composting and organic gardening.

Assessed by practicals, this course leads to a formal, nationally recognised, qualification.

Course duration

  • 1 year, 1 day a week

When will I study?

  • Monday 10am – 12pm and 1pm – 3.30pm

How much will it cost?

  • £775

Entry requirements

  • An interest in the subject.

Start dates TBC

RHS Level 3 Certificates

The course is suitable for students wishing to progress from a Level 2 Horticultural qualification to develop horticultural skills and knowledge which are required by the professional gardener or keen amateur.

Completion of the two Level 3 theory certificates and one Level 3 practical certificate will lead to the RHS Level 3 Diploma in the Principles and Practices of Horticulture.

Principles of Horticulture

The course consists of two certificates/units which can be taken independently or combined to form the full certificate.

UNIT 1

Level 3 RHS Certificate in the Principles of Garden Planning, Construction and Planting

A natural progression from the RHS Level 2 course, this is ideal for those wishing to pursue a horticultural career or already working in this field. It should also provide rewarding study for keen amateurs. You will gain a more in-depth scientific knowledge of gardening surveying and design principles, as well as a holistic approach to landscaping.

This course is mainly classroom based, assessed with written examinations in February and June. It does, however, include opportunities for trips and practical work at key times during the year.

UNIT 2

Level 3 RHS Certificate in the Principles of Plant Growth, Health and Applied Propagation

This course should appeal to keen amateurs who have completed the Level 2 course, professional gardeners or those looking for a career change.

The qualification builds on the knowledge covered in the RHS Level 2 Certificate in the Principles of Plant Growth, Propagation and Development and offers a more detailed, scientific understanding of the principles of plant physiology and pathology.

This is a primarily classroom based course, assessed by written examination, but there is the opportunity for practical work at key times during the year.

COURSE DETAILS

Course duration

  • 1 year

When will I study?

  • Thursday 10am – 3.30pm

How much will it cost?

  • £670 plus registration fee

Entry requirements

  • An interest in the subject and an existing RHS level 2 theory qualification.

Start dates TBC

Practical Horticulture

This course builds on the skills and knowledge gained at level 2 with a more in-depth approach to areas such as seed propagation, testing, adjusting soil types and a detailed view of weeds, pests and diseases.

There will be supporting theory sessions to this practical course and, where relevant, trips will be undertaken to notable horticultural sites. Modules in this course include collecting and testing soil samples and specifying adjustments for horticulture, collecting, preparing and propagating from seed, establishing and maintaining a range of plant types and forms, identification of a range of common garden plants, weeds, pests, diseases and disorders (plus one optional module).

Achievement of the Certificate is through ongoing practical assessment.

Course duration

  • 1 year, 1 day a week part-time

When will I study?

  • Tuesday 10am – 12pm and 1pm – 3.30pm

How much will it cost?

  • £775

Entry requirements

  • A minimum level 2 qualification in a related subject and an interest in the subject.

Start dates TBC

If you are working in the Horticulture industry you may be eligible for a grant from the Professional Gardeners Trust, these courses are also eligible for a Professional Career Development Loan from the Government. Please see the RHS website for details of loans and bursaries, as well as details on individual courses.

Advanced Learner Loans are available for RHS Level 3 qualifications. These can be paid in instalments online and further details can be found here.

We reserve the right to cancel any courses for which there is insufficient interest, in which case full refunds will be given.

For an application form please email enquiries@reaseheath.ac.uk.