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Practical Horticulture RHS Level 2 Certificate

This part-time Level 2 course is designed by the Royal Horticultural Society to meet the needs of anyone who wants to develop their skills in practical gardening. This qualification is designed for gardening enthusiasts and anyone interested in Horticulture as an occupation. It can be combined with the theory-based Level 2 qualifications to form a full Level 2 qualification.

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“I’m self-employed and work in London as a Personal Trainer but I’ve been in the fitness industry for 18 years and I’m now looking for a change and to do something different.  I also want a more self-sufficient lifestyle so this RHS qualification seemed like a good stepping stone to achieve both of these goals.”

“The reason I chose this RHS qualification is because it’s well respected in the industry and I can keep my options open as I don’t know what area of horticulture I want to specialise in yet.”

“Shuttleworth College is not like other colleges, it’s located in lovely grounds and on this course we have access to a historic walled garden on the 500 acre Shuttleworth Estate, where we can develop our practical skills.  We have everything we need here on site including laboratories and horticulture equipment.”

“Our tutor is great.  He’s very passionate, knows his stuff and is very good at communicating and passing on his knowledge to us.  It’s fantastic having a tutor who you like and who you can see is really interested in his subject and knows what he’s talking about.  It’s so important and makes the course really enjoyable – I’d recommend it to other people interested in developing their gardening skills.”

Gavin Thomas - Practical Horticulture RHS Level 2 Certificate

Entry requirements

There are no formal qualifications required but you will be required to undertake a range of practical tasks in order to pass the assessed part of the course.

Course content

The RHS has been awarding qualifications for over 100 years and its qualification are held in high regard within the horticultural industry, making this course ideal if you are looking to increase your horticulture skills and knowledge, whilst also improving employment prospects.

During this course you will cover more advanced topics than the Level 1 course, including:

  • Assessing and preparing soil for sowing
  • Propagation of a range of plants from seeds
  • Vegetative propagation of plants
  • Designing, planting and establishing plants
  • Identifying a range of common garden plants, weeds, pests and diseases
  • Sustainable gardening.

Assessment methods

The course will be assessed through internal practical, written and oral assessments as set by the RHS.

Further study and career options

On completion of this course you could progress onto the theory-based RHS level 2 qualifications, or onto other qualifications in horticulture.

Additional information

You will need to bring suitable clothing for working outdoors and steel-toe-capped boots.

Funding information

This course could be FREE! You could be eligible for free study if you are unemployed and on a qualifying benefit. Find out more at

Course information & how to book

This course runs on multiple occasions. Choose the date most appropriate for you.

Unfortunately due to high demand, this course is now full and applications are no longer being accepted. Please contact Enquiries & Guidance on 01234 291000 for alternatives.

LengthStart DateDay(s)Time(s)FeesLocationCourse Code
20 weeks 10/01/2017 Tue 1.30 pm - 4.30 pm £396 Shuttleworth College B786 Course in progress
20 weeks 12/01/2017 Thu 9.30 am - 12.30 pm £396 Shuttleworth College B786S1 Course in progress
20 weeks 14/01/2017 Sat 9.30 am - 12.30 pm £396 Shuttleworth College B786S2 Course in progress

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Additional Learning Support
If you have a specific learning difficulty or disability, problems with English and Maths, are deaf or hearing impaired, or missing the essential skills needed to complete your course, our Additional Learning Support team are on hand to give you assistance whenever you need it.  Find out more.

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At Bedford College, we are committed to developing the provision for students on the autistic spectrum, including Asperger’s Syndrome.  Find out more.

We have access arrangements in place to help students with disabilities or any other particular needs. Call us on 01234 291000 for more information.

Additional formats
Course information sheets are also available in large print and audio formats. Call us on
01234 291000 to order your copy.

If you are unemployed and receiving benefits then you could learn for FREE

You could be eligible for free study if you are unemployed and on one of the following benefits:

  • Employment & Support Allowance (work-related activity group)
  • Jobseekers Allowance
  • Working Tax Credit (subject to income)
  • Income support

Please note: you will need to be able to produce evidence of the benefit in your name when you come to enrol.

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For more information please ring Enquiries & Guidance on 01234 291000 or email us.           

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