Principles of Horticulture (Principles of Garden Planning, Establishment and Maintenance Theory Pathway) (RHS Level 2 Certificate) - Suffolk Rural (Otley)

Principles of Horticulture (Principles of Garden Planning, Establishment and Maintenance Theory Pathway) (RHS Level 2 Certificate) - Suffolk Rural (Otley)

Subject Area: Suffolk Rural (Otley) Horticulture & Floristry

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Course Information

  • Start Date: Sep, 2021
  • Attendance: Part-time
  • Duration: 1 Year
  • Course Code: 152466
  • 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


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    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!

    To gain the RHS Level 2 Certificate in the Principles of Horticulture (Theory), you will need to successfully complete 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.

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

    Day of Attendance: Fridays


    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 Practical Horticulture. This would require an additional day at the campus.

    For further information, click here.


    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.


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    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;

    Next Steps

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

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    Tuition Costs

    • RHS Level 2 Certificate in the Principles of Plant Growth, Propagation and Development (Option A); £700
    • RHS Level 2 Certificate in the Principles of Garden Planning, Establishment and Maintenance (Option B); £700

    Additional Costs

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