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The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Level 2 Principles of Horticulture

The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Level 2 Principles of Horticulture

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.

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

Course modules


Plant Health

Provides underpinning knowledge and understanding of the effect of a range of factors on plant health.

Plant Specification

Provides horticultural knowledge to make recommendations for planting based on matching plant need and site requirements.

Plant Nutrition

Provides horticultural knowledge of plant nutrition and growing media.

Plant Science II

Provides an understanding of the range and role of plant adaptations.

Planting Styles

Provides horticultural knowledge of the factors involved in creating a wide range of different horticultural plantings.

Horticulture and Society

Allows learners to develop their knowledge and understanding of horticulture’s contribution to society, including social, environmental and economic.


Provides an applied knowledge of the roles of plants in creating habitats to encourage biodiversity.

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.


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.

Myerscough College Horticulture
Myerscough College Horticulture


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.