This complete career pathway is suitable for beginners and will equip you with the knowledge, practical skills and industry-recognised qualifications to become a professional gardener.
This pathway consists of three parts:
Plus, you can choose either:
Your first set of study materials will be sent to you when you enrol. You can start as soon as you want and progress through the studies at your own pace (you have 2 years to complete it), studying when and where you choose. As you complete each lesson, your tutor will promptly return your marked assignment with constructive feedback and guidance.
Lesson 1 – Plants, their Classification, Structure and Function
Lesson 2 –Nutrition and Roots
Lesson 3 –Plant Health
Lesson 4 –Introduction to Plant Propagation
RHS Level 2 Certificate in the Principles of Garden Planning, Establishment & Maintenance – A 4-lesson study programme of preparation for the RHS examination.
Lesson 1 – Garden Features, Plant Selection and Planning
Lesson 2 – The Choice, Establishment and Maintenance of Garden Plants and Lawns
Lesson 3 – Production of Outdoor Vegetables and Fruit
Lesson 4 – Protected Environments and their use in Plant Cultivation
You can then choose either the:
RHS Level 3 Certificate in the Principles of Plant Growth, Health and Applied Propagation (601/0353/X)
RHS Level 3 Certificate in the Principles of Garden Planning, Construction and Planting (601/7188/1)
RHS Level 3 Certificate in the Principles of Plant Growth, Health and Applied Propagation– A 4-lesson study programme of preparation for the RHS examination.
Lesson 1 – Plant Taxonomy, Structure and Function
Lesson 2 – The Root Environment, Plant Nutrition & Growing Systems
Lesson 3 – The Management of Plant Health
Lesson 4 – Understanding Applied Plant Propagation
RHS Level 3 Certificate in the Principles of Garden Planning, Construction and Planting – A 4-lesson study programme of preparation for the RHS examination.
Lesson 1 – Understanding garden survey techniques and design principles
Lesson 2 – Understanding the selection and use of landscaping elements in the garden
Lesson 3 – Understanding the setting out and construction of landscaping elements in the garden
Lesson 4 – Understanding a range of specialist elements in the establishment of garden and urban plantings
On successful completion of HCC Introduction to Propagation, Plant Growth and Development you will be awarded the HCC Certificate.
* The HCC Certificates will be issued once you have successfully completed your course and finished your course payments.
Upon successful completion of RHS examinations you will be awarded:
Plus, depending upon the path you choose, you will be awarded either:
The RHS qualifications will have until the final exam session which is scheduled for February 2024 to successfully achieve the qualification. RHS are launching new qualifications which will become available from September 2022. For further information please visit our news page. If you enrol between April 2022 and the launch of the new qualification, you will be offered the opportunity to transfer the first 2 sections of this course free of charge onto the new RHS Level 2 Certificate in the Principles of Horticulture.
Your course materials and the valuable tutor feedback you will receive during your studies will help to prepare you for the Royal Horticultural Society qualifications. When you are ready to sit the examinations, you will need to register as a candidate with HCC or as an external candidate using another RHS Approved Centre. We offer advice and assistance for booking examinations when you are ready. Please click here for RHS and assessment centre requirements and fees.
You will also need to obtain the RHS syllabus and an entry form directly from the Royal Horticultural Society. Please click on the links below to download the RHS outline syllabus, and for further information on examination dates and fees. Your exam fees are payable to the RHS Approved Centre.
RHS Level 2 Certificate in the Principles of Garden Planning, Establishment and Maintenance
RHS Level 3 Certificate in the Principles of Plant Growth, Health and Applied Propagation
RHS Level 3 Certificate in the Principles of Garden Planning, Construction and Planting
Throughout your studies, you will be able to ask questions, receive feedback and further develop your knowledge by contacting our experienced tutors by phone or email.
You do not need previous gardening knowledge or experience to enrol on this pathway.
If needed you have 2 years to complete your studies. Many students are able to complete their studies in approximately 9-18 months (approx 430 learning hours)*.
*Timescales are approximate and depend upon application and motivation.
There are 2 ways you can enrol