RHS Distance Learning Units 5-8 – Principles of Garden Planning, Establishment & Maintenance Level 2 Certificate

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Start Date Anytime
Duration 1 Year


Our state of the art online classroom allows you to view the course materials on a variety of devices, from your laptop to your iPad, tablet or even your phone.  From here you can download our expertly written course materials, participate in quizzes to test your knowledge, watch videos, discover additional materials to expand your knowledge, upload your assignments and communicate with your course tutor. You will have unlimited support from your online tutor, for the duration of the course.

You will be using our online virtual learning environment, working through the resource materials and submitting assessments which will be marked and returned to you with feedback and feed-forward from your tutor.

The qualification is achieved by sitting four unit exams, which can be spread out as required, all exams take place in February and June at Craven College, Skipton, or at an approved RHS exam centre of your choice.  The exam fees are not included in the price of the course, details can be found on the RHS website.

Equipment Info

The exam fees are not included in the price of the course, details can be found on the RHS website.


This course represents the second half of the full qualification, Certificate in the Principles of Horticulture.  The course is based across four units:

Certificate in the Principles of Garden Planning, Establishment and Maintenance (Theory) Level 2 (4 units) comprising:

  • Garden Features & Planning/Plant Selection & Planning
  • Plant Choice, Establishment and Maintenance
  • The Production of Outdoor Vegetables/The Production of Top & Soft Fruit
  • Understanding Protected Environments & Horticultural uses

Entry Requirements

  • Good command of the English language is preferable, as the assessments and exams are written
  • Basic IT skills and access to a computer and/or laptop with internet access are required.  Access to the online classroom is available on PC and IOS and Android operating systems

Completion of Level 1 is not necessary, most learners can begin at Level 2.


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