RHS Course information

RHS Level 2 courses: 2024-25

We will be offering RHS Level 2 Theory and Practical courses in Autumn 2024. We will not be offering RHS Level 3 courses in 2024 but intend to in future years.

We are planning to open bookings for Level 2 courses from mid-March 2024. When booking opens, you will be able to pay a deposit to secure a place on your chosen course.

Please email botanic-gardens@bristol.ac.uk with subject title ‘RHS Enquiry List‘ if you would like to be informed when booking opens.

RHS Level 2 Theory

In 2024/25 we will be running four separate RHS Level 2 theory courses leading to the RHS Level 2 Certificate in the Principles of Plant Growth and Development:

  • Tuesday evening (6:30pm – 9:30pm) – commencing end of August/early September 2024 – Date TBC
  • Thursday evening (6.30pm – 9.30pm) – commencing end of August/early September 2024 – Date TBC
  • Monday daytime (9.30am – 3.00pm) – commencing Monday 16th September 2024
  • Wednesday daytime (9.30am – 3.00pm) – commencing Wednesday 18th September 2024

Each of the four theory courses prepare students for the RHS Level 2 Certificate in the Principles of Plant Growth and Development exams. The daytime courses have more tutor-led hours overall and involve more group discussion than the evening courses. There are some additional topics of interest included in the daytime courses which are not part of the syllabus but enhance the learning experience.

The daytime courses have a week’s break at half term while the evening courses do not have half term breaks. All courses break for Christmas and Easter. The courses run until the end of June 2025. Theory exams take place in February 2025 (Unit 1) and June 2025 (Unit 2). Exam dates yet to be confirmed by the RHS.

RHS Level 2 Practical

There are three separate Level 2 practical courses leading to the RHS Level 2 Certificate in Practical Horticulture:

  • Tuesday daytime (6 hours per day, 10am to 4pm) – commencing mid September – Date TBC
  • Friday daytime (6 hours per day, 10am to 4pm) – commencing mid September – Date TBC
  • Saturday daytime (6 hours per day, 10am to 4pm) – commencing mid September – Date TBC

Practical courses will start mid-September 2024 and run for 28 weeks to the end of June 2025. Practical courses are delivered via a mix of classroom-based theory learning and outdoor practical activities. There is around a 50/50 split between classroom and practical activities. There will be an online assessment in June 2025 and 2 practical assessments days during the course. Practical assessment dates are usually around Feb/Mar and May/June. Exact dates TBC.

For further information on the content of each Level 2 course, including the full syllabus, please visit the RHS website.

Study Requirements

  • There are no prerequisites for joining the RHS Level 2 courses in terms of previous study.
  • Both the theory and practical courses require around 60 hours self-study time over the course of the year, in addition to classroom time.
  • You will need stationery for notetaking, access to the internet and a PC, laptop or tablet. This is essential for accessing the course notes which are uploaded to our online learning platform after each class. If you prefer to print your notes, you will also need access to a printer.
  • For the practical course, you will need: steel-toe capped boots or shoes, protective gardening gloves, and weather-appropriate clothing.
  • All classes take place in person, onsite at the Botanic Garden.

Pricing

Course fees include RHS registration and assessment fees (additional fees apply for re-sits). A non-refundable deposit is required to secure a place on the course. Pricing reflects the number of guided learning hours/equipment and facilities required. Course fees can be paid by instalments or as one full payment.

Course Fees 2024/25

Daytime theory course (£1,885):

£685 deposit to secure your place (please note this is non-refundable)

First instalment £600 due 1st September 2024

Second instalment £600 due 1st December 2024

Daytime practical course (£2,275): 

£775 deposit to secure your place (please note this is non-refundable)

First instalment £750 due 1st September 2024

Second instalment £750 due 1st December 2024

Evening theory course (£1,375):

£475 deposit to secure your place (please note this is non-refundable)

First instalment £450 due 1st September 2024

Second instalment £450 due 1st December 2024

 

If you have any queries, please email botanic-gardens@bristol.ac.uk or call us on 0117 428 2041.