Practical Horticulture (RHS Level 2 Certificate) - Suffolk Rural (Otley)

Practical Horticulture (RHS Level 2 Certificate) - Suffolk Rural (Otley)

Subject Area: Suffolk Rural (Otley) Horticulture & Floristry


Course Information

  • Start Date: Sep, 2021
  • Attendance: Part-time
  • Duration: 1 Year
  • Course Code: 152442
  • Entry Requirements

    You must be aged 19+ and have an interview with the course team.

    A good level of English Language and Maths is required.

    Should you require an Advanced Learning Loan this must be confirmed prior to enrolment.

    Course Overview


    This course is based at our Suffolk Rural campus in Otley.

    The RHS certificates are ideal for those looking for a career change, professional horticulturists, casual learners seeking a part-time course and budding allotmenteers!

    On studying the RHS Level 2 Certificate in Practical Horticulture, you will learn a wide variety of horticulture techniques such as;

    • Sowing seeds
    • Care and pruning of plants
    • Establishing seeds and plants
    • Common garden plants, weeds, pests, diseases, disorders and beneficial organisms
    • Ground Preparation
    • Soil testing
    • Maintaining a lawn

    To study this certificate, you will be required to attend college for 1 day per week for a full academic year.

    Day of Attendance: Thursdays

    The RHS certificates on offer at the Otley campus are;

    If all three certificates are studied and you successfully complete these, then you will be awarded with the RHS Level 2 Diploma in the Principles and Practices of Horticulture.

    There is the opportunity to study for the RHS Level 2 Certificate in the Principles of Horticulture. To complete this you will need to study both of the following certificates;

    • RHS Level 2 Certificate in the Principles of Plant Growth, Propagation and Development (Option A)
    • RHS Level 2 Certificate in the Principles of Garden Planning, Establishment and Maintenance (Option B)

    These certificates will follow on from each other. Option A will run from September to February and Option B will run from February to June.

    This would require an additional day at the campus.

    For further information, please see the links below;

    You will be required to study additional material from home and will have access to online support via a google classroom. Additionally, there will be a requirement to attend 2 exam support days which will be held on a Saturday (in January and May).

    Each module is assessed by an RHS set examination in February and June.


    Course Highlights

    You will have the opportunity to work within the college’s glasshouses and horticulture unit. Learners studying the RHS qualifications, will have a dedicated and exclusive area for their learning experience. The lecturers will share their many years of horticulture experience with you and are still actively involved within the industry.

    For further information, please see the following links to the RHS course pages;

    Day of attendance: Friday; 9.30 - 16.00

    Next Steps

    • RHS Level 3 Certificates (Theory and Practical)
    • Employment in the horticultural sector

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    Tuition Costs


    Additional Costs

    PPE (steel toe capped boots, wellies, gardening gloves, outdoor clothing)