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.

The course runs for 30 weeks, on Fridays from 10.00am - 3.30pm, starting 20th September 2019.

A theory course with a small amount of practical activity to underpin some areas of the syllabus, along with weekly plant identifications.

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

Understand the production of outdoor vegetables and fruit

Understand protected environments and their use in plant cultivation

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

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

The course runs for 30 weeks, on Fridays from 10.00am - 3.30pm, starting Friday 21st September 2018. The course fee is £925 plus an RHS examination fee of approximately £115. Payment by installments may be available (1 x £207.50 and 9 x £92.50).


The Royal Horticultural Society's Advanced Certificate, the entry requirement for which is a pass on the RHS Level 2 Certificate. Alternatively, some students progress to the 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.