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RHS Level 2 Practical Certificate in Horticulture


This course gives a general introduction to horticulture, which is suitable for anyone wanting to prepare for more advanced study or a career in horticulture, with a combination of practical and theoretical elements.


Studying this course, you will learn the foundational skills for a career in horticulture – the care and use of plants for gardens, parks and food.

You will learn how to work safely in a horticulture workplace. You will learn to identify plants, how to ensure they grow and thrive outdoors, and the science that explains why a plant will do well or badly. You’ll learn the practical techniques that establish and maintain a garden, park or allotment

Modules include health and safety, plant identification, establishment and maintenance of plants outdoors, business and horticultural science.

The course includes lectures and classroom-based work mixed with practical sessions, giving students' relevant practical experience and industry skills. Students' work is assessed through an exam and a synoptic assessment, which is a multi-part simulated business exercise.

Why study with Askham Bryan College?

  • Learn about Horticulture in Askham Bryan’s unique grounds and facilities, including an arboretum, woodland, glasshouses, vegetable gardens, hard landscaping area and extensive planted gardens.
  • One free additional qualification (known as a ticket in industry) for example in the use of brushcutters, or pesticide sprayers.
  • Free transport to ensure you can get to college.

Career Pathways

  • A self-employed gardener
  • In commercial fruit and vegetable production.
  • In a hard-landscaping business
  • In a garden centre, caring for and selling plants to the publicA
  • In a plant nursery, propagating plants for the trade.
  • Working for the national trust, a stately home, or a council parks department, as part of a large organisation maintaining planted gardens.

If you continue to higher study, you could join similar businesses in a more senior role, or move towards garden design, business management, or study towards a technical scientific role in the businesses that support horticulture.

Entry Requirements

Usually at least 4 GCSEs at grading level 3 (Old GCSE grade E) or above including Maths and English with Science desirable. Alternatively a suitable Level 1 vocational qualification with English and Maths at Level 1.

Further Study

Upon successful completion of this course students may progress to a Level 3 course which builds upon their skills, or into the horticultural and landscape industries at a trainee or apprentice level.

Askham Bryan College,
Askham Bryan,
YO23 3FR
01904 772277