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Practical Horticulture RHS – Certificate – Level 2



Type of study





Sparsholt College, SO21 2NF


09:30 - 16:30

Course Status

Please note our 2023/24 intakes are now full. If you would like to be
added to the waiting list for the intakes commencing 3rd,4th and 5th October
2023 please submit an application form and we will be in touch should a place
become available. Alternatively, to register your interest for our 2024/25
course intakes, (commencing October 2024) please email
and we will notify you when applications open in Summer 2024.  

What will I learn?

Delivered one day a week over six months, taught on the Horticulture Department at Sparsholt College.
The course leads to the RHS Certificate Level 2 in Practical Horticulture.
Following the RHS syllabus, the qualification consists of eight core units covering the following subject areas:

  • Plant Identification
  • Plant Establishment
  • Plant Propagation
  • Plant Health
  • Plant Care
  • Plant Pruning
  • Garden Features
  • Grassed Areas
    To complete the qualification learners will be required to sit a summative short answer theory assessment, plant identification assessments and a series of formative practical competence assessments.
    Further information on the new syllabus can be found on the RHS website:

    Where will it lead me?

    Learners can enrol onto the RHS Level 2 in the Principles of Horticulture following completion of this Practical Course. Alternatively, they may move on to the Level 3 RHS Practical Course (New Syllabus) in September 2023.

    Entry Requirements

    Please note RHS assessments – it is intended that students undertake the assessments for RHS in the academic year of registration, this allows for the best chance of success as assessments are taken while the syllabus knowledge is fresh.

    There are no pre-requisites for this course just a passion for Horticulture.

    Further Information

    This is a new syllabus and we are no longer offering the old RHS Level 2 Practical Horticulture Course.

    Learners will be required to carry out revision for assessments outside of their college attendance.
    Please note: formal assessments will commence in January through to the end of June, some assessments will be scheduled after the course has finished.

    Steel toe capped boots or very sturdy walking boots/approach shoes are essential for the participation of this course.

    Fee Details 1

    Free if unemployed or low wage (if aged 19-23 must have Full L2 or above to be eligible)

    Fee Details 2

    Due to funding restrictions, anyone who doesn’t live in England, isn’t a UK resident^ or who lives in the local authority areas^ of:

    Cambridge and Peterborough
    Greater London Authority
    Greater Manchester
    Liverpool City Region
    North of Tyne Combined Authority
    North East
    South Yorkshire
    Tees Valley
    West Midlands
    West Yorkshire
    West of England

    Will be unable to apply for fee remission and may be subject to higher course fees than those published.

    ^go to this page on our website to check if your postcode is in a Devolved Funding Area or to check eligibility if you are a non-UK resident

    If you don’t live in England or are not a UK resident or live in any of the above local authority areas and wish to enrol on the course, please contact us for information on tuition fees.

    Fee Code


    Fee Remission

    For further information on fee remission details linked to the above Fee
    Code – refer to our PT Application form on our

    Website Here