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RHS Distance Learning Units 5-6 – Garden Features, Plant Selection & Planning and The Choice, Establishment & Maintenance of Garden Plants & Lawn Level 2 Certificate – UFDNTL04

RHS - Distance Learning Approved Provider Looking for a career change? Already in horticulture and looking to progress in your career? RHS courses are internationally recognised for the highest standards, and now, thanks to Distance Learning, you can do all of this from the comfort of your own home!
Start Date -Anytime
Duration 3 months
Fee £175 Exam Fee: £0


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.

This course represents two out of the eight units for the full qualification, Certificate in the Principles of Horticulture.

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 full qualification is achieved by sitting eight unit exams which can be spread out as required. RHS exams usually take place in February and June, you can take your exams at Craven College or at an approved RHS exam centre of your choice. Exam fees are not included in the price of the course, therefore it is the responsibility of the student to book and pay for exams. Details can be found on the RHS website.


Certificate in the Principles of Horticulture

Exams – The RHS have stated that all exams must be attempted by June 2023, however there will be a final opportunity for resits in February 2024.  After this date, the qualification will no longer be available.

If you are unsure if this is the correct course for you, please download and complete the initial assessment document (in the download section) then send to:


Frequently Asked Questions
Initial Assessment
If you would like to have your suitability for this course assessed, please complete this form and email to

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.


RHS Level 3

Part-time courses are term time only. See our term dates for further information.

Did you know that some of our courses are free if you earn less than £17,374.50 (£19,305 if you live in West Yorkshire, difference in qualifying earning amounts is due to local authority funding regulations). Call 01756 693 309 for further information.

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