RHS Level 2 Certificate in Practical Horticulture - King's College Cambridge - Writtle University College
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RHS Level 2 Certificate in Practical Horticulture - King's College Cambridge

About the Course

Focusing on developing the essential basic horticultural skills, this qualification will give you the foundation for future development as well as offer opportunities for employment. You will learn how to care and prune plants, understand the reasons behind soil testing and be able to identify a range of common plants, weeds, pests and diseases. Underpinning the whole course is an appreciation of health and safety.

Course Content

The qualification has a credit value of 15. This equates to 150 learning hours. Learning time is defined as the time taken by learners at the level of the qualification, on average, to complete the learning outcomes of the units to the standard determined by the assessment criteria. Credits for a unit will be awarded to candidates for the successful achievement of all the learning outcomes of a unit.

The qualification consists of 6 mandatory units and 1 optional unit.

Mandatory units
Complete all of the following:
  • Soil testing
  • Sowing seeds and vegetative propagation techniques
  • Practical skills in ground preparation for seeding and planting
  • Practical skills in establishing seeds and plants in soil
  • Care and pruning of plants
  • Identification of a range of common garden plants, weeds, pests, diseases and disorders and beneficial organisms
Optional units
Choose one of the following:
  • Sustainable garden practice
  • Safe operation of powered garden machinery
  • Establishing, repairing and maintaining a lawn
  • Practical skills in vegetable growing
  • Practical skills in the maintenance of established soft fruit
  • Practical skills in the maintenance of established top fruit
Written/practical content and assessment methods
Each unit will be assessed practically throughout the duration of the course.

Entry Requirements

There are no pre-requisites for entry to the qualification.

A keen interest in horticulture is crucial, you must also be able to demonstrate suitable levels of numeracy and literacy.

After Completion of Your Course...

Educational progression
Students could further their education in Horticulture by studying the following courses:
  • RHS Level 2 Certificate in the Principles of Plant Growth, Propagation and Development
  • RHS Level 2 Certificate in the Principles of Garden Planning, Establishment and Maintenance
Learners who successfully complete all the necessary units for the following level 2 qualifications listed below, will gain the Level 2 Diploma in the Principles and Practices of Horticulture.
  • RHS Level 2 Certificate in the Principles of Plant Growth, Propagation and Development
  • RHS Level 2 Certificate in the Principles of Garden Planning, Establishment and Maintenance
  • RHS Level 2 Certificate in Practical Horticulture
Employment opportunities
Level 2 qualifications can provide a route into the horticultural profession, they can support career development for those already working in the field of horticulture or they can provide a foundation for further learning or training. You may be suitable for employment as an assistant gardener, nursery worker or trainee landscaper.

Useful Information

How course progress is tracked
The college uses an electronic assessment tracking system where students can access current progress online from home.

How the course is graded
Each unit studied comprises of a series of learning outcomes. Successful completion of the assessment requires a pass grade for each assessment criteria.

Additional costs (to tuition and miscellaneous fee) specific to course
Study equipment (pens and a note pad), PPE/ PPC— Steel Toe Capped boots, High Visibility vest / jacket (supplied), gloves, appropriate work wear for practical sessions.