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Level 2

RHS Level 2 Certificate in the Principles of Plant Growth and Development


This qualification allows candidates to develop a level of plant knowledge deemed essential by the horticultural industries. It equips candidates 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.
It also provides candidates the opportunity of personal development, including the changing of careers and engagement in their learning and offers an opportunity to develop transferable skills such as problem solving, implementing management plans / programmes, and communication as part of their applied learning.
During the course you will cover:
  • Plant Science 1: provides underpinning knowledge of the plant, its structure and function.
  • Plant Health: provides underpinning knowledge and understanding of the effect of a range of factors on 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.
  • 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 candidates 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.
This course runs on a Thursday from 9.30am to 15.30pm.


This course is suitable for beginners and there are no pre-requisites for entry to this
qualification, just a keen interest in the subject.

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The applicable fees for this course, including any available discounts, will be listed in the information above.

How to apply

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Step 1

Set Up Your Account

You’ll be prompted to create an account which will allow you to log in to our Application Tracker website whenever you wish. This will provide you with important information and you can also track the progress of your application.

Step 2


Complete each step of the application form and then submit your completed form. We’ll let you know when we’ve safely received it with an acknowledgement email.

Step 3

Application Review Meeting

Before offering you a place at college, we’ll meet with you (either in person, by telephone or online). We’ll send you a link to our booking page where you can select a time that’s convenient for you.

Step 4

Accept Your Place

Offers will be sent to you via the email address you have provided. The offer will be conditional, based on predicted GCSE grades. You’ll need to accept your offer within 14 days to secure your place.

Step 5

What next?

Once you receive your GCSE results, you’ll need to get in touch with the college to inform us of them and start your enrolment process.


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