About the Course
This programme provides a route to employment in professional horticulture by assessing knowledge of the principles underpinning horticultural practices and supports career development for those already working in the profession. It also provides a foundation for further learning or training in the field of horticulture.
It is also ideal for those wishing to develop and strengthen their horticulture knowledge and is therefore suitable for keen amateur gardeners. It is also suitable for individual professional development for those employed within the industry. Students will study plant propagation, outdoor food production, garden planning, the root environment and plant nutrition, plant selection, and horticultural plant health problems.
Although there is no formal entry requirement for the RHS level 2 an interest and enthusiasm for plants and gardening is essential.
It is now possible to study RHS Level 3 Certificate in Horticulture at BCA. This is an evening course over two years and builds on the knowledge gained from the Level 2 Theory course. Although there are no formal prerequisites for entry to the qualification it is strongly recommended that students have studied the content covered by the Level 2 Certificate or an equivalent Level 2 qualification in horticulture.
The theory-based qualifications focus on developing the knowledge and understanding of a range of horticultural practices.
The practical-based qualification focuses on developing essential horticultural skills.
If you choose to take the theory-based and practical-based certificates you could achieve an RHS Level 2 Diploma in the Principles and Practices of Horticulture.
The qualification will be awarded to those who successfully complete the following eight mandatory units:
- Plant classification, structure, and function
- Plant nutrition and the root environment
- Maintaining plant health
- Understanding plant propagation
- 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
- Understanding protected environments and their use in plant cultivation
If you require further information on any of the part-time courses offered, please do not hesitate to contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org or alternatively, give us a call on 01628 824444. If you wish to make a group booking for this course, please contact Jo Parsons on JParsons@bca.ac.uk or call 01628 827485.
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Each unit will be assessed by a separate written examination covering all learning outcomes specified in the unit.
Examinations must be taken at BCA.
Examinations must be conducted in accordance with the RHS Regulations for the Conduct of Examinations.
Examinations will be offered twice a year in February and June.
Past examination papers including the examiner’s comments are published for the past four examination sessions. These are available for download under the appropriate qualification section of the RHS website.
The Royal Horticultural Society.