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RHS Principles of Plant Growth & Development Level 2 Certificate

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Select Status Course Code Date Duration Time Location Costs
EnquirePlease Enquire L200006M/1 Mon 2 Sep 2024 33 Weeks 09:30 - 12:45
Auction Mart £ 192*
Exam: £170

* Fee remission may be available for this course, visit Fees and Funding for further information

An entirely new course that “allows learners to develop a level of plant knowledge deemed essential by the horticultural industries. It equips learners with the knowledge and understanding to progress to employment within the horticultural sector. It assesses the knowledge of the scientific principles underpinning horticultural practices and supports career development for those already working in the profession”.

This Certificate is divided into two units, covering eight topics:

Unit 1

  • Plant Science 1: provides underpinning knowledge of the plant, its structure and function Plant Establishment – provides learners with the skills involved in the establishment of plants in containers and the open ground.
  • Plant Health: provides underpinning knowledge and understanding of the effect of a range of factors on plant health. Plant Health – provides the skills to be able to identify and prevent a range of threats to plant health.
  • Plant Nutrition: provides horticultural knowledge of plant nutrition and growing media.
  • Plant Specification: provides horticultural knowledge to make recommendations for planting based on matching plant need and site requirements.

Unit 2

  • Plant Science II: provides an understanding of the range and role of plant adaptations.
  • Planting Styles: provides horticultural knowledge of the factors involved in creating a wide range of different horticultural plantings.
  • Horticulture and Society: allows learners to develop their knowledge and understanding of horticulture’s contribution to society, including social, environmental and economic.
  • Biodiversity: provides an applied knowledge of the roles of plants in creating habitats to encourage biodiversity.

You will be required to take two exam in June. Examination 1 will cover Unit 1 and examination 2 will cover Unit 2.

RHS Level 2 Certificate in Practical Horticulture can be studied alongside.

Entry Requirements

No entry requirements, however enthusiasm for horticulture is essential 


Lesson materials will be available on Teams and so access to a computer is essential. 

Further Study

Successful completion of RHS Level 2 courses may lead to progression onto RHS Level 3 courses. 


  • A wide variety of career options in horticulture are achievable with RHS qualifications. 
  • Craven College students completing RHS courses have gone on to work for the RHS (Harlow Carr), National Trust, English Heritage and Perennial (York Gate). Others have established their own businesses in garden maintenance or garden design. 

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 £20,319 (£23,400 if you live in West Yorkshire, difference in qualifying earning amounts is due to local authority funding regulations).

Distance Learning call 01756 693 800 or email

Courses in the community call 01756 693 800 or email

All other Part-time courses call 01756 693 309 or email

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