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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 and parks.

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, 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 and observed throughout with some paperwork completion required as submission of proof of learning.

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.

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 public
  • 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

Some horticultural experience, preferably completion of RHS Level 1, or 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