RHS LEVEL 2 COURSES AT HEVER CASTLE 2022/2023
- RHS Level 2 – Certificate in the Principles of Garden Planning and Maintenance (old)
- RHS Level 2 – Certificate in the Principles of Plant Growth and Development (new)
- RHS Level 2 – Certificate in Practical Horticulture (new) Level 2
Attainment of both the Level 2 Certificate in Practical Horticulture and the Level 2 Certificate in the Principles of Plant Growth and Development will result in learners achieving the Level 2 Certificate in the Principles and Practices of Horticulture
Hever Castle is an approved centre for the delivery of regulated RHS Qualifications.
Whether you’re looking to develop your skills or take the first steps into a career in horticulture, these courses are the perfect pairing to a love of gardening.
COURSE Changes for 2022
From September 2022 the RHS curriculum is changing and the current Level 2 Diploma in the Practicals and Principles of Horticulture will no longer be available to new learners.
Instead, Hever will be offering the new RHS Level 2 Certificate in the Principles and Practices of Horticulture, which replaces the diploma as the new industry standard.
This new qualification will comprise two separate courses; one theory and one practical. Each course requires one day of classroom study per week (not including half term) and runs from September – June.
Please see the sections below for more information on how the curricular changes will impact your choice of course, depending on whether you are a new or returning student. The RHS website also has a comprehensive explanation which can be found under ‘Changes to RHS Qualifications.’
Click the links below to see further information on course content, schedule, dates, costs and how to apply:
This theory-based course is only available to students that are already on the diploma course. Students who have already completed the current Level 2 Garden Planning certificate (or are due to do so in June), can combine this with the new theory and practical certificates to continue to successfully qualify for the Level 2 Diploma.
This 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:
1. Understanding garden features, plant selection and planning
2. Understanding the choice, establishment and maintenance of garden plants and lawns
3. Understanding the production of outdoor vegetables and fruit
4. Understanding protected environments and their use in plant cultivation
The theory course makes up one half of the new RHS Level 2 Certificate in Horticultural Principles and Practices. It consists of two theory units, each of which is further divided into four topics.
The practical course makes up one half of the new RHS Level 2 Certificate in Horticultural Principles and Practices. It is divided into eight topics, each made up of elements covering a specific aspect of practical horticulture.
If you’ve got a passion for plants and want to take your hobby to the next level, an RHS course is the perfect way to hone and grow your horticultural expertise.