Professional courses

Royal Horticultural Society courses

We run eight Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) courses at the Botanic Garden. Suitable for keen gardeners or those looking for a career in horticulture. These recognised qualifications will help you develop your horticultural knowledge and skills.

You will learn in study rooms at the Garden and use the Botanic Garden potting shed, reserve glasshouse and student plots. We have everything you need for your studies.

Alternatively, you may be interested in studying with Garden Design School, based in the Botanic Garden.


RHS Level 2

RHS Level 2 (L2) qualifications provide an entry route into the horticultural profession. They are a foundation for further learning or training.

They also support career development for those working in the field of horticulture.

What you will study

The RHS Level 2 Certificate in the Principles of Horticulture consists of two parts:

  • L2 Certificate in the Principles of Plant Growth, Propagation and Development
  • L2 Certificate in the Principles of Garden Planning, Establishment and Maintenance

Find out more about the RHS Level 2 Certificate on the Principles of Horticulture on the RHS website.

Timings and duration

You will undertake both certificates in the same year.

The course will run on either:

  • Monday, Wednesdays or Thursdays during term time (9:30 am to 3 pm)
  • Tuesday or Thursday evenings between September and June (7 pm to 9:30 pm).

Examinations

Examinations are in February and June each year.

Apply to study

Contact us at botanic-gardens@bristol.ac.uk to find out about availability.


RHS Level 3

It is recommended that learners have completed a Level 2 horticultural qualification or have equivalent experience before starting Level 3.

RHS Level 3 (L3) qualifications offer opportunities for employment. You can begin to specialise in your area of interest.

What you will study

We run three RHS L3 qualifications, two theory based and one practical based.

Theory based

  • L3 Certificate in the Principles of Plant Growth, Health and Applied Propagation
  • L3 Certificate in the Principles of Garden Planning, Construction and Planting

Practical based

  • L3 Certificate in Practical Horticulture

Completing all three of the L3 courses will achieve the RHS Level 3 Diploma in the Principles and Practices of Horticulture.

Find out more about the RHS Level 3 Diploma in the Principles and Practices of Horticulture and Level 3 courses on the RHS website.

Timings and duration

  • L3 Certificate in the Principles of Plant Growth, Health and Applied Propagation runs on Wednesdays between September and June (7 pm to 9:30 pm).
  • L3 Certificate in the Principles of Garden Planning, Construction and Planting runs on Mondays between September and June (7 pm to 9:30 pm).
  • L3 Certificate in Practical Horticulture runs on Saturdays with 20 study days between February and October.

Examinations

Examinations are in February and June each year.

Apply to study

Contact us at botanic-gardens@bristol.ac.uk to find out about availability.


RHS Level 3 Certificate in Practical Horticulture

As well as forming part of the RHS Level 3 Diploma, you can take this practical certificate separately.

The RHS Level 3 certificate in Practical Horticulture is A practical-based qualification to improve the horticultural skills needed for career development to supervisory or management roles, or to further develop your interest. Each unit will be assessed by means of a range of practical activities.

What you will study

  • L3 Certificate in Practical Horticulture

Find out more about the Certificate in Practical Horticulture on the RHS website.

Timings and duration

L3 Certificate in Practical Horticulture runs on Saturdays with 20 study days spread between February and October.

The next course is due to begin on 23 February 2019 and enrolment is now open.

Apply to study

To apply, or for more information, contact us at botanic-gardens@bristol.ac.uk. Address your email to the Practical Co-ordinator, Mrs Chris Radford.