RHS Level 2 Certificate

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RHS Level 2 Certificate in the Principles of Horticulture provides a broad knowledge of the theories which support horticultural techniques.

These theory based qualifications provide a comprehensive understanding of the principles that underpin professional practices. Each Unit is assessed by written examinations.


Subjects include: 

    • Plant classification, structure, and function.
    • Plant nutrition and the root environment.
    • Maintaining plant health.
    • Plant propagation

Entry Requirements:

There is no requirement for previous knowledge or experience needed for entry to the qualifications, although a keen interest and enthusiasm is, of course, key to success.

Dates & Location:



Monday 24th September 2018 - Monday 21st September 2019

9:30 - 16:00


Tuesday 25th September 2018 

18:00 - 20:30

Campus: Stanmer 


HOP001/001 - 1 day a week for 1/2 a year 

HOP002 - 1 day a week for an academic 



funding may be available, for more information please email businessdevelopment@plumpton.ac.uk 


Our horticulture facilities at Plumpton are pretty impressive. In fact you’ll get to experience one of the finest natural locations in the country, perfect for developing your creativity. Whether indoors or outdoors, you’ll be able to build your skills in an excellent environment.

  • Discover our extensively planted areas on-site at Plumpton

As you build your knowledge, you’ll be able to gain a wide experience of being able to identify and maintain different plants.

  • Experience our endangered plant collections at first hand

You’ll be able to experience our Black Poplars and National collection of Hebes, in addition to our endangered plant network connection with Kew Gardens.

  • Grow plants all year round here

We’ve got an excellent large area under glass where you’ll be able to grow plants without the risk of the weather, up to a commercial level.

  • Build even more skills at Plumpton

You’ll be able to develop your brickwork skills and paving at our large landscaping centre.

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