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Train as a Gardener

Get the qualifications you need in just 3 hours a week!

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  • Accredited training with one-to-one tutor support.
  • Study at home in your own time.
  • Level 2 qualifications are an ideal entry-level for a new career.
  • Level 3 qualifications are advanced certificates suited to career progression (a good choice if you already work in horticulture).
  • Widely recognised by employers.
  • Leading RHS (QCF) qualifications.
[/custom_list] Whether your ambition is to run your own gardening business, work in a large garden, plant nursery, or garden centre, or train as a garden designer, RHS qualifications are an ideal starting point. They’ll give you the knowledge you need to kickstart your new career. Thy’re widely recognised by employers and as part of the QCF framework they can also be used as a foundation for further study if you decide to go in that direction.

Distance learning allows you to fit study around work and family commitments. Our courses are flexible so you can work at your own pace – quickly if you need the qualification as soon as possible, or more slowly if that suits you best. You also have the option to take a study break of up to a year if you need to – so even if you need to take time away, you won’t lose the work you’ve already done, you can just pick up where you left off when you’re ready.

Our courses include one-to-one support from an expert tutor, so help is always at hand. You can contact your tutor by email or phone at any time.

[testimonial company=”RHS Level 2 Tutor” author=”Jo Thornton” image=””]The Level 2 is a great foundation qualification because it’s so broad. Over the years, I’ve had students go in many different directions, from working in a plant nursery or setting up a garden maintenance business to working in one of the large botanic gardens or garden centres. The Royal Horticultural Society is well-known by both employers and the general public and carries a lot of prestige. So much so, in fact, that some of my students have successfully applied for new jobs whilst still studying the course. Employers know you’ll have the depth of knowledge they’re looking for. And I think it shows a level of motivation too – it shows them you’re really serious about pursuing a career in this area.[/testimonial]


Accredited Learning

Choose accredited learning with Borders Connect and you can be confident about the quality of study material and tutorial support you will receive! Our course material is prepared by experts while our tutors are enthusiastic and knowledgable about their chosen subject. Borders Connect has been providing quality distance learning experiences for over 10 years.

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Train for a New Career

A distance learning course from Borders UK allows you to train for a new career the easy way! Fit study around work and family commitments, and work at your own pace.

Just Three Hours a Week!

Many people are daunted by the idea of retraining. We understand that – it can be a scary thought if you’re already juggling work and family commitments. But it’s easier than you might think. With distance learning, you can retrain for a new career or develop new work skills in just three hours a week!

One to One Support

There are no set class times, so you can fit study into your life in a way that suits you. And you’ll still benefit from one-to-one support from an expert personal tutor.

Your tutor will be there is answer questions and talk through any problems from the day you enrol until your complete the course. You can contact your tutor by email or instant chat at any time, so you’ll never feel alone.

Our most popular new career options include:

Gardening and Horticulture:

Entry Qualification: RHS Level 2 Principles of Horticulture.

Career Progression: RHS Level 3 Certificate in the Principles of Garden Planning, Construction and Planting

RHS Level 3 in Principles of Plant Growth, Health and Applied Propagation

Garden Design:

Garden Design Diploma

Interior Design

Interior Design Diploma

Life Coaching

Life Coaching Advanced Diploma


Medical Writing

Online Copywriting

Childcare and Education

Introductory: Preparing to Work in Childcare

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