RHS Level 2 Certificate

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RHS have produced theory based qualifications for those wanting a route to employment in professional horticulture or further personal interest. Designed to be studied individually on a part-time basis they're flexible to any schedule. The RHS Level 2 Diploma is awarded to those that who successfully achieve in both the theory based examinations and the practical based assessments.


  • Those wishing to enter horticultural employment for the first time;
  • For those who are already working in horticulture who want to develop their skills;
  • And for those who wish to progress to further horticultural study at level 3.
  • It is also suitable for those who wish to enter horticulture as a change of career and are seeking the necessary foundation skills.

RHS Principles of Garden Planning, Establishment and Maintenance

This theory based qualification provides a comprehensive understanding of the principles that underpin professional practices and theories which support horticulture techniques. Each Unit is assessed by written examinations at year end.

Topics include:

  • Garden planning;
  • Plant selection, establishment and maintenance;
  • Vegetable and fruit production, 
  • Growing under Protected environments.

RHS Level 2 Certificate in Principles of Horticulture are awarded upon completion of both RHS theory courses.

Please do not delay your booking – to guarantee your place, please book 2 weeks in advance of course date

Entry Requirements:

There is no requirement for previous knowledge or experience needed for entry to the qualifications, although we strongly recommend you undertake the Certificate in Plant Growth, Propagation and Development prior to this certificate as the underpinning knowledge gained there will be applied in this qualification.

A keen interest and enthusiasm is, of course, key to success.

Dates & Location:

Saturdays, 09.00 - 17.00

27th February 2021 - 19th June 2021

Plumpton College



Future Opportunities

To gain the RHS Level 2 Diploma students must complete all 3 elements, including theory and practical:

After completing the RHS Level 2 Diploma you can further complete your RHS Practical Horticulture Skills Level 3.

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