RHS Level 2 Principles of Horticulture

This is the most popular RHS Level 2 course, widely recognised across the horticulture industry as a strong entry-level qualification. It is a good starting point for a career in gardening, propagation, fruit and vegetable growing, garden design and many other areas of the horticulture industry. It is also a popular option for keen amateur gardeners eager to learn more about their hobby. Our course is prepared in conjunction with the expert team at Edinburgh Garden School.

The course includes:

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  • 8 Easy-to-follow study modules.
  • 8 Assignments
  • Supplementary study booklets, including ‘Introduction to Presentation Tools’ and ‘Measuring Gardens’, as well as revision guides.
  • FREE revision guide, worth £18, plus revision support – you can complete past exam papers as extra assignments at no extra cost.
  • One-to-one tutor support by email, instant chat or instant chat – speak to a tutor between 9am and 9pm every day, seven days a week.
  • Accredited training – Borders is accredited by the ODL QC.
  • Edinburgh Garden School Certificate of Course Completion.
  • Revision support to prepare fully for the RHS Examination – Level 2 Principles of Horticulture.
  • Online study option if you prefer – start studying within 2 hours.
  • Note – this course combines both of the short Level 2 courses, Level 2 Plant Growth and Level 2 Garden Planning.
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    • RHS Level 2 Principles of Horticulture

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    Course Content

    The course covers the RHS syllabus closely. Study topics covered include: plant selection and garden planning; establishment and maintenance of garden plants and lawns; soils and growing media; pests and diseases; production of outdoor vegetables and fruit; understanding and managing protected environments; plant classification; plant structure and function; identification and nomenclature; the biology of plants; plant nutrition and the root environment; maintaining plant health; weeds, pests and diseases; managing the growing environment; and plant propagation.

    Module One – How Plants Function

    Module Two – Managing the Soil and Plant Nutrition

    Module Three – Weeds, Pests and Diseases

    Module Four – Plant Propagation

    Module Five – Garden Planning

    Module Six – Plant Establishment and Maintenance

    Module Seven – Growing Fruit and Vegetables

    Module Eight – Protected Growing and Plant Cultivation

    Borders Connect is one of the UK’s leading distance learning providers. All of our home study courses include study material, which is sent out in an attractive, hardwearing folder, essential course books and full tutorial support. We are accredited by the Open and Distance Learning Quality Council, registered with the Online Learning Council, and listed on the National Register of Learning Providers.

Brian Williams

Just wanted to thank Liz and her team for their fantastic support throughout the course. I’ve been gardening for almost 20 years and thought there wasn’t much more to learn – how wrong I was! With the RHS certificate under my belt, I can finally think about that change of career I’ve been planning for so long 😉

Brenda Miller

If you are a keen gardener I can definitely recommend this course – I learned a huge amount about horticulture and really enjoyed working through the course modules. The garden design and plant biology sections were my personal favourites, I have to admit I found the soil science a bit heavy going, but extremely useful. I’m retired so not planning on a new career but still thoroughly enjoyed the course!

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