For 2021, Winterbourne Centre for Horticulture are offering all RHS Level 2 qualifications. Suitable for enthusiastic amateurs and those seeking a career in horticulture, these professional qualifications will help you to develop skills and knowledge. An application form is now available, please see below.
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 for autumn 2021 will open 1st June and the application form is available by clicking here. We also have a Frequently Asked Questions document about the application process which is available here. If you have any questions, please email the Learning Officer, Eleanor Hill email@example.com. When you have filled in your application, please send it to firstname.lastname@example.org or return via post to Learning Officer, Winterbourne House and Garden, University of Birmingham, 58 Edgbaston Park Road, B15 2RT
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.