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This is a practical qualification aimed at those in full-time education, or assisted learning, with an interest in plants and gardening. This qualification helps learners to develop their horticultural knowledge and learn essential horticultural skills. It also allows progression to the RHS Level 1 Award in Practical Horticulture by taking two additional units.

Entry requirements

There are no prerequisites for entry to this qualification.

Course content

The qualification consists of four units covering the following subject areas:

  • Preparing soil for sowing and planting
  • Assist with the propagation of plants from seed
  • Assist with the vegetative propagation of plants
  • Assist with planting and establishing plants 

Course details

Foundation Learning

Foundation Learning is one of the four main qualification suites for 14 to 19-year-olds, alongside GCSEs and A levels, diplomas and apprenticeships. As part of the Foundation Learning tier this qualification provides a new and flexible learning programme for young people and adults working at level 1.


Assessment is by means of a range of practical activities timetabled and assessed within your approved centre.

Qualification specification

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Where can you study?

Statement of Qualification Purpose

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We’re here to help cultivate your passion for horticulture. If you have any questions relating to qualifications please get in touch with us by email.

If your enquiry is urgent please contact the RHS Qualifications team on 01483 226500.
For general enquiries not related to RHS Qualifications please contact 0203 176 5800.

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