New RHS Level 2 and Level 3 Certificates

In September the Royal Horticultural Society launched an exciting new range of certificates and the first year of courses is now well underway. These are available at:

  • Level 2 – widely recognised within the industry as strong entry level qualifications, Level 2 certificates are an ideal choice for those wishing to pursue a career in this area.
  • Level 3 – advanced qualifications that are ideal for those wishing to progress their career in horticulture, or for students wishing to explore a particular area in depth.

Borders UK launched new Level 2 and Level 3 courses in the summer and they are now well underway and running successfully, with many students preparing to sit their first exams in February. As Borders UK courses are distance learning, students can enrol at any time and then work through at their own pace. On average students complete these courses in 12 months, but they can take up to 3 years if more time is required.

Distance Learning is also an ideal choice for students outside the UK.

The new RHS qualifications are part of the national Qualifications and Credit Framework, making themirectly transferrable for students wishing to go on to further study.

The new qualifications are:

  • Principles of Horticulture Level 2
  • Level 2 Certificate in Principles of Garden Planning, Establishment and Maintenance
  • Level 2 Certificate in Principles of Plant Growth, Propagation and Development
  • Level 3 Advanced Certificate in Principles of Garden Planning, Construction and Planting
  • Level 3 Advanced Certificate in Principles of Plant Growth, Health and Applied Propagation.

All Borders UK courses are prepared by experts. All of our gardening tutors are experienced gardening professionals as well as tutors who understand the unique needs of distance learning students. They can offer extensive advice on finding work in this area, as well as helping students to prepare for the exams.

Exams are held twice a year, in February and June, and can be taken at a local RHS examination centre. There are a number of examination centres around the country, so it is usually possible for students to sit their exam close to home. For students outside the UK it is often possible to arrange the exam sittings locally. This should be arranged directly with the RHS qualifications team, and some notice is required: qualifications@rhs.org.uk