The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Certificate Level 2

About the course

A fun way to learn about the basics of horticulture in this RHS approved course. You will learn in a suitable environment, with excellent gardens for use as a learning resource. Weekly plant identifications. A theory course with a small amount of practical to underpin some areas of the syllabus.

Course modules

Year 1

Plant classification, structure and function

Plant nutrition and the root environment

Maintaining plant health

Understanding plant propagation

Understanding garden features, plant selection & planning

Understanding the choice, establishment & maintenance of garden plants& lawns

Understand the production of outdoor vegetables and fruit

Understand protected environments and their use in plant cultivation

Entry requirements & additional information

Entry requirements

A keen interest in horticulture with a level of enquiry into plants and gardens. It is suitable for the beginner or some more experienced.

Learning and assessment

Delivered one day a week (Friday 9.30-12.30 and 1.30-3.30 over 30 weeks). £925 course fee plus a £115 College and RHS registration fee. Payment by instalments may be availlable (1 x £207.50 and 9 x £92.50).


  • The Royal Horticultural Society's Advanced Certificate

Entry Requirement - a pass on the RHS Level 2 Certificate

Myerscough Certificate in Garden Design


Most people want to learn and improve their own gardens. The qualification does though open a door to further progression or to employment in the industry. Some have progressed to full-time horticultural courses, some have developed a business, and others have gained employment in garden centres or nurseries.

Special requirements

Weatherproof clothing and suitable footwear to allow you to venture out in inclement weather! Secateurs and a knife are tools which are a valuable addition to a gardeners toolkit.


Horticulture is a rapidly growing area of the economy thanks to a strong public interest in gardening, plants, sustainability and food security. According to the Royal Horticultural Society, the horticulture industry is the largest employer in the UK, supplying 18 million gardeners.

The number of garden centres continues to increase and the public demand for attractive horticultural landscapes remains strong. This means that plant growers, suppliers and managers are constantly looking for ways to improve their businesses.

Christine Walkden: Honorary Fellow

"My passion for gardening was nurtured at Myerscough College and I've been getting my hands dirty ever since." Celebrity plantswoman and horticulturalist Christine was awarded an honorary fellowship and regularly works with the College and our Horticultural department.