RHS Level 2 Certificate in Practical Horticulture
This practical qualification focuses on developing further the essential skills introduced at level 1. These not only offer opportunities for employment, but provide the foundation for further skills development at level 3.
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The qualification has a credit value of 15. This equates to 150 learning hours. Learning time is defined as the time taken by learners at the level of the qualification, on average, to complete the learning outcomes of the units to the standard determined by the assessment criteria. Credits for a unit will be awarded to candidates for the successful achievement of all the learning outcomes of a unit.
The qualification consists of 6 core units and 1 optional unit covering the following subject areas:
- Soil testing (1 credit)
- Sowing seeds and vegetative propagation techniques (2 credits)
- Practical skills in ground preparation for seeding and planting (2 credits)
- Practical skills in establishing seeds and plants in soil (2 credits)
- Care and pruning of plants (3 credits)
- Identification of a range of common garden plants, weeds, pests, diseases and disorders and beneficial organisms (3 credits).
Optional units (choose 1):
- Sustainable garden practice (2 credits) or
- Safe operation of powered garden machinery (2 credits).
There are no pre-requisites for entry to the qualification, but it is recommended that learners possess the basic skills covered at level 1.
Assessment is by means of a range of practical activities timetabled and assessed within the approved centre. Contact your approved centre for details.