RHS courses 2021 at Hever Castle

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Hever Castle has announced its RHS courses for 2021.

Hever Castle has partnered with the Royal Horticultural Society to host a series of year long courses from September for those looking to get into gardening.

If you’ve got a passion for plants and want to take your hobby to the next level, RHS courses are the perfect way to hone and grow your horticultural expertise.

RHS LEVEL 2 CERTIFICATE IN THE PRINCIPLES OF PLANT GROWTH, PROPAGATION & DEVELOPMENT (1 YEAR – 14 CREDITS)

This qualification provides knowledge of the scientific principles which underpin horticultural practices.

The RHS course consists of four units which cover the following topics:
• Plant classification, structure and function
• Plant nutrition and the properties and management of soils and growing media
• Maintaining plant health through understanding pest, disease and weed lifecycles
• Principles and practices of plant propagation in horticulture

Tuition Fee: £550 includes free access to Hever Castle gardens for the duration of the course.

The course is taught 4 hours a week (Mondays 10am to 2pm) over 28 weeks with one visit and examination dates in February and June.

RHS LEVEL 2 CERTIFICATE IN THE PRINCIPLES OF GARDEN PLANNING, ESTABLISHMENT & MAINTENANCE

This RHS Level 2 Certificate in the Principles of Garden Planning, Establishment and Maintenance qualification can be taken on its own or with the RHS Level 2 Certificate in the Principles of Plant Growth, Propagation and Development to gain the RHS Level 2 Certificate in the Principles of Horticulture (total 28 credits, which equates to 280 learning hours). Alternatively, both of these can be taken with the RHS Level 2 Certificate in Practical Horticulture (15 credits) to gain the RHS Level 2 Certificate in the Principles & Practices of Horticulture (total 43 credits, equates to 430 learning hours).

This RHS course provides a firm foundation of knowledge to anyone interested in horticulture as well as providing a route to employment in professional horticulture and supporting career development for those already working in the profession.

The RHS course consists of four units which cover the following topics:
• Understanding garden features, plant selection and planning
• Understanding the choice, establishment and maintenance of garden plants and lawns
• Understanding the production of outdoor vegetables and fruit
• Understanding protected environments and their use in plant cultivation

This is a one-year course. The course is taught 4 hours a week over 28 weeks a year, with one visit and two further examination dates, which are set by the RHS in February and June.

Tuition Fee: £550 to include exam fee and an annual membership to Hever Castle & Gardens for the duration of the course.

RHS LEVEL 2 CERTIFICATE IN PRACTICAL HORTICULTURE (1 YEAR – 15 CREDITS)

This RHS Level 2 Certificate in Practical Horticulture qualification can be taken on its own or with the RHS Level 2 Certificate in the Principles of Garden Planning, Establishment and Maintenance (14 credits), and the RHS Level 2 Certificate in the Principles of Plant Growth, Propagation and Development (14 credits) to gain the RHS Level 2 Diploma in the Principles and Practices of Horticulture (total 43 credits, which equates to 430 learning hours).

A practical-based qualification to develop the essential skills needed to work in horticulture or to further develop your interest. The qualification consists of 6 mandatory units and 1 optional unit. Credits for a unit will be awarded to a candidate once the candidate has reached the level of competency for all the specified tasks. Each unit will be assessed by means of a range of practical activities timetabled and assessed within the approved centre. They will cover all learning outcomes specified in the unit.

Six Mandatory units:
• Soil testing (1 credit)
• Sowing seeds and vegetative propagation techniques (2 credits)
• Practical skills in ground preparation for seeding and planting (2 credits)
• Practical skills in establishing seeds and plants in soil (2 credits)
• Care and pruning of plants (3 credits)
• Identification of a range of common garden plants, weeds, pests, diseases and disorders and beneficial organisms (3 credits)
Optional units:
• Sustainable garden practice (2 credits)
• Safe operation of powered garden machinery (2 credits)
• Establishing, repairing and maintaining a lawn (2 credits)
• Practical skills in vegetable growing (2 credits)
• Practical skills in the maintenance of established soft fruit (2 credits)
• Practical skills in the maintenance of established top fruit (2 credits)
This is a one-year course. The course is taught 5 hours a week over 29 weeks with one visit and four assessment days.
Courses take place on a Monday, Tuesday or Thursday from September until June, starting 20, 21 & 23 September 2021 from 10am – 3pm.

Tuition Fee: £675 to include annual membership for Hever Castle & Gardens for the duration of the course.

For more information about RHS courses visit hever.co.uk/whats-on

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