2021 RHS Qualifications

PLEASE NOTE, ALL OUR COURSES ARE NOW FULL.

We anticipate that we will be starting the new RHS Qualifications for the 2022-2023 programme. More information will be available nearer the time.

RHS Level 2

Level 2 qualifications are intended for those that have a general interest in horticulture or wishing to work in professional horticulture in a variety of roles.

RHS Level 2 Certificate in the Principles of Plant Growth, Propagation and Development

This course provides the underpinning scientific knowledge of plant growth and development.  Also covered are the principles behind successful plant propagation as well as dealing with plant pests, diseases and disorders.  To achieve this qualification you will sit exams in February and June.  The qualification is suitable for those who are working in the industry and wishing to study part-time in order to progress their careers or prepare for further study at level 3.

This course will run on Thursdays from 23rd September 2021. The course fee is £565 and the RHS examination fee is £76 which covers 4 exams. More information is available here.

RHS Level 2 Certificate in the Principles of Garden Planning, Establishment and Maintenance

This theory course provides the underpinning scientific knowledge of garden planning, selecting and establishing a range of garden plants. Also covered are the principles behind growing food crops outdoors and growing under protection: house plants, glasshouses and conservatory growing. To achieve the qualification you will sit exams in February and June. The qualification is suitable for those who are working in the industry and wishing to study part-time in order to progress their careers or prepare for further study at level 3.

This course will run on Saturdays from 18th September 2021. The course fee is £565 and the RHS examination fee is £76 which covers 4 exams. More information is available here.

RHS Level 2 Certificate in Practical Horticulture

This practical certificate is ideal for the keen amateur gardener and for those wishing to work in professional horticulture in a variety of roles. It is an in-depth practical course designed for those that wish to gain a range of practical horticultural skills including propagation, establishing and maintaining plants. You will also identify garden plants, pests and diseases.

This course will run on either Fridays from 24th September or Saturdays from 25th September 2021. The course fee is £795 and the RHS assessment fee is £203 which covers all units required. More information is available here.

RHS Level 2 Certificate in the Principles of Horticulture/Diploma in the Principles and Practices of Horticulture

Learners who successfully complete all of the necessary units for both theory Certificates (Garden Planning, Establishment and Maintenance as well as Plant Growth, Propagation and Development) will be awarded the RHS Level 2 Certificate in the Principles of Horticulture.  Learners who successfully complete both theory Certificates and the Certificate in Practical Horticulture will be awarded the RHS Level 2 Diploma in the Principles and Practices of Horticulture.  If you are studying for a diploma, please plan your studies carefully as there are expected changes to the qualifications which will affect the diploma. More information can be found at the RHS website.

Applications

We are no longer taking applications as courses are now all booked. Our application window usually opens in April. If you would like more information about future RHS Qualifications, please email the Learning Officer on [email protected]

Practical students at work in the teaching garden

Practical students working in the teaching garden photographed by Maggie Bucknall

Our Tutors

Darren Rudge BSc Hort, Cert Ed

Darren has spent 35 years delivering and managing horticultural and other land-based programmes as well as running a successful garden design consultancy. He was one of the first people in the country to be awarded The City and Guilds medal of excellence for his teaching and training methods. He is a Royal Horticultural Society Professional Associate and the permanent gardening expert for BBC local radio being nominated for the garden media guild awards.

His garden designs have received national magazine exposure, and his enthusiastic approaches to teaching and garden design that are inspirational, and motivating are developed to make learning both enjoyable and progressive.

Helen Wood BSc Hort, PGCE

Helen has 21 years’ experience of designing and developing gardens alongside a teaching career in horticulture and garden design; she holds a BSc in Amenity Horticulture and Garden Design and a PGCE in Post Compulsory Education.

Teaching has helped Helen to share her passion for plants, people and places in Colleges, Botanic Gardens, Prisons, Schools and Therapeutic settings. She is also a national examiner and professional associate working with Royal Horticultural Society Qualifications examinations in Garden Planning.

Helen and Darren work together to design and deliver innovative and inspirational teaching programmes, including Royal Horticultural Society Certificates up to and including degree level study. Their Social Enterprise business, Rudge Wood Horticulture CIC, aims to help individuals and communities grow through safe and accessible outdoor spaces and learning environments and opportunities in horticulture.

Winterbourne Centre for Horticulture is a RHS Qualifications Approved Centre.

RHS Approved Centre

The teaching garden in June, photographed by Maggie Bucknall