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RHS Principles of Garden Planning Certificate Level 2

The RHS qualifications are highly respected within the industry and the academic world. This course provides a broad grounding in horticulture with a wide range of theoretical knowledge.
The qualification can provide a route into the horticultural profession, they can support career development for those already working in the field of horticulture or they can provide a foundation for further learning or training.
The course is delivered at our campus within Birmingham Botanical Gardens, Edgbaston. You will be taught, by specialized and highly qualified staff.
Subjects covered include:

Core units
• Understanding garden features, plant selection and planning
• Understanding the choice, establishment and maintenance of garden plants and lawns
• Understanding the production of outdoor vegetables and fruit

Course Info

Level 2 - Intermediate
Subject Area
Horticulture & Conservation
Course Type
Adult Part-Time
Birmingham Botanical Gardens
Next Start Date
Course Length
36 weeks

Entry Requirements

There are no prerequisites for entry to the RHS Level 2 qualifications. However, a keen interest in gardening and the outdoors is essential. You will have an interview for this course prior to enrolment.

Delivery and Assessment

Each unit will be assessed by a separate written examination covering all learning outcomes specified in the unit. Examinations will be offered twice a year in February and June.


After successfully completing this course you may progress by studying the RHS Level 2 Certificate in the Principles of Plant Growth, Propagation and Development and the RHS Practical Horticulture certificate to achieve the RHS Diploma in the Principles and Practices of Horticulture.

Career Opportunities

  • Garden and Landscape Designers
  • Ornamental Plant Growers
  • Garden Centre Staff/Managers
  • Greenkeepers/Groundsmen
  • Soil Scientists
  • Commercial Growers
  • Horticulture Consultants