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RHS Practical Horticulture Certificate Level 2

Level 2 - Intermediate

RHS Practical Horticulture Certificate Level 2

The RHS qualifications are highly respected both within the horticultural industry and in the academic world. This course provides a broad grounding in horticulture with a wide range of theoretical knowledge. It is delivered at our campus within Birmingham Botanical Gardens, Edgbaston. You will learn a wide range of technical skills, working with specialised and highly experienced staff.

Subject covered include:

Core units:

  • Soil testing
  • Sowing seeds and vegetative propagation techniques
  • Practical skills in ground preparation for seeding and planting
  • Practical skills in establishing seeds and plants in soil
  • Care and pruning of plants
  • Identification of a range of common garden plants, weeds, pests, diseases and disorders and beneficial organisms

Optional units:

  • Sustainable garden practice or
  • Safe operation of powered garden machinery



Botantical Gardens



* Courses are free for 16-18s. Students aged 19 or over could be charged fees and is subject to a fee assessment. Learners on benefits in the majority of cases courses are also free. Fee assessments are completed at enrolment.

Course Length: 35 Weeks

There are no prerequisites for entry to RHS qualifications. However, a keen interest in gardening and the outdoors is essential. You will have an interview for this course prior to enrolment.

Each unit will be assessed by means of a range of practical activities, with tests for plant, pest and disease identification.

After completing this course you may progress by studying the RHS Level 2 Certificate in the Principles of Garden Planning, Establishment and Maintenance and RHS Level 2 Certificate in the Principles of Plant Growth, Propagation & Development  to achieve the RHS Level 2 Diploma in the Principles and Practices of Horticulture.