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RHS – Garden Features, Plant Selection and Planning & The Choice, Establishment and Maintenance of Garden Plants and Lawns Level 2 (Units 5 & 6)

Available for enrolment
RHS - Distance Learning Approved Provider

Have you already started or completed the pre September 2022 RHS Level 2 theory qualification and want to complete the full Certificate in the Principles of Horticulture? Enrol now! RHS courses are internationally recognised for the highest standards, and now, thanks to distance learning, you can do all of this from the comfort of your own home!

Our online classroom allows you to view the course materials on a variety of devices, from your lap-top to your iPad, tablet or even your phone. From here you can download our expertly written course materials, participate in quizzes to test your knowledge, watch videos, discover additional materials to expand your knowledge, upload your assignments and communicate with your course tutor. You will have support from your online tutor, for the duration of the course.

This course represents two out of the eight units for the full qualification, Certificate in the Principles of Horticulture.

You will be using our online virtual learning environment, working through the resource materials and submitting assessments which will be marked and returned to you with feedback and feed-forward from your tutor.

The full qualification is achieved by sitting eight unit exams, which can be spread out as required, all exams take place in February and June at Craven College, Skipton, or at an approved RHS exam centre of your choice. The exams are not included in the price of the course.

Course code
6 months
Exam: £0

Entry Requirements

Completion of level 1 is not necessary, most learners can begin at level 2.

Entry requirements:

  • A good command of the English language is preferable, as the assessments and exams are written.
  • Basic IT skills and access to a computer and/or laptop with internet access are required. Access to the online classroom is available on PC and IOS and Android operating systems.


After successful completion of the course you could progress to RHS level 3, or gain employment in the horticultural industry, for example:

  • Work in a plant nursery, growing, selling and the management of plants
  • Maintain gardens and planting
  • Grow and sell house plants or plants in containers
  • Become a gardener at your local parks and gardens business
  • Start your own business
  • Progress into garden design
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What are the course materials like?

It is an interactive online course using videos, quizzes, pictures and there is a significant amount of reading due to the course being theoretical. You will need a good understanding of the English language.  You will need access to an up-to-date laptop or desktop computer, along with broadband internet and a good basic level of IT skills.

Do I get tutor support?

Yes, you will receive unlimited support. We aim to respond to all support questions within 48 hours on working days. Tutor support is via email, or via the social forum on Moodle, which is our Virtual Learning Environment (VLE).

How long will I get to complete the course?

6 months for units 5-8, 3 months for units 5 & 6 or 7 & 8.

Should I complete the units in numerical order?

Although it is possible to do units 5-8 without doing 1-4, the first four units build a better understanding of all things horticultural, so we do recommend taking the units in numerical order.

Will I get a certificate at the end?

You will only get a certificate when you pass the RHS exams. Craven College are the course provider; however, certification can only come from the RHS.

Are exams included?

Exams are not included in the price and are £34 each if taken at Craven College, Skipton. You can also sit the exams at an RHS approved exams centre local to you. Their fees may differ, and you would book these yourself. Currently, exams take place in February and June each year. Please note, the last opportunity to sit these exams will be February 2024.

Are there any past papers I can look at?

Past papers are available on the RHS website

What is the expected time commitment?

The course specification lays out the recommended learning hours per unit. These are as follows:

  • Unit 5 – 29 hours
  • Unit 6 – 22 hours
  • Unit 7 – 23 hours
  • Unit 8 – 23 hours

Please note: You will only achieve the qualification RHS Principles of Horticulture Level 2 when you have passed all 8 exams.

Part-time courses are term time only. See our term dates for further information.

Did you know that some of our courses are free if you earn less than £18,525 (£21,255 if you live in West Yorkshire, difference in qualifying earning amounts is due to local authority funding regulations). Call 01756 693 309 for further information.

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