RHS (Level 2) Certificate in the Principles of Horticulture (2 Years)

The RHS (Level 2) Certificate is well recognized within the industry; students who achieve it will be well placed to progress onto further courses or into employment.  This course is over 100 years old and still as popular as ever.  The course is also ideal for the dedicated amateur gardener who wishes to extend their knowledge and perhaps achieve a nationally recognized qualification.

The Certificate in the Principles of Horticulture is a broad-ranging course taught 3 hours a week over 6 terms and covers the full spectrum of horticultural subjects. It is ideal for beginners or for those with some experience. ‘Level 2’ compares this course to other qualifications; the RHS does not offer a Level 1 theory course.

Achievement on this course is through nationally set written examinations taken in February and June 2017 (Year 1) and February and June 2018 (Year 2) and the level of knowledge expected is equivalent to a good level of pass in a GCSE science subject.




Entry onto this course is open to anyone who has a genuine interest in horticulture – no formal qualification is necessary.


The weekly session will include plant identifications as well as classroom-based theory.  Comprehensive notes will be provided.  Students will be encouraged to take part in weekly practical demonstrations. 

The following outline is intended only for general guidance on the range of subjects to be studied: 

 Year 1      

  • Plant Classification, Structure and Function      
  • Propagation
  • Weeds, Pest and Disease Problems                           
  • Soil Management and Nutrition

Year 2           

  • Garden Design                                   
  • Fruit and Vegetable Growing 
  • Greenhouse Management
  • Plant Choice, Establishment and Maintenance                      

Guided tours including RHS Wisley Garden will be arranged and are included in the course fees. 


Writing equipment is advisable to enable you to take down any extra notes and your weekly homework. Secateurs and gloves will be required for most practicals.  You will be advised of any extra tools required for practicals a week in advance.  Sensible outdoor clothing and strong outdoor shoes, preferably steel toe-capped boots, should be brought in for the practical session each week.


Two Year course.

Student numbers will be limited to each session so please book early to ensure a place.

Starts: Monday 18th September 20179.30am to 12.30pm (unfortunately we have had to cancel the afternoon sessions (1pm to 4pm).

Starts: Wednesday 27th September 2017 - evening 6.30pm to 9pm from.

Tutor: Tessa Allen (Mondays only).   The course tutor, Tessa Allen, has taught horticulture for over 30 years and the RHS Certificate in the Principles of Horticulture for the last 18 years.  Throughout, Tessa has had a high achievement and retention rate, which she puts down to the friendly but organized classroom atmosphere.

Cost: £554.44 (£499 with family card) per year

Should you have any further queries relating to this course please telephone Neil Jackson at Coolings Nurseries Ltd on 01959 532269   or Emai: neiljackson@coolings.co.uk or Lesley@coolings.co.uk