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Key facts

  • Highly recognised by employers
  • Suitable qualification for entry into employment or further study
  • Ideal qualification to support career development such as supervisory or management roles
  • Appropriate for career change or to gain an in-depth knowledge
  • Suitable for part-time study
  • Each unit is assessed by examination or set practical activities
  • Examinations take place in February and June:  2019 examination timetable (174kB pdf) and 2020 examination timetable
  • No entry requirements, although we strongly recommend learners have completed a level 2 horticultural qualification or have equivalent experience
  • Qualification consists of mandatory units (for theoretical and practical-based qualifications) with some optional units to develop specialist practical skills

RHS Level 3 practical-based qualification

The practical-based qualification further develops the essential skills needed in horticulture.

RHS Level 3 theory-based qualifications

The theory-based qualifications help learners by assessing their knowledge of the principles which underpin horticultural practices.

RHS Level 3 Diploma in the Principles and Practices of Horticulture

Learners who successfully complete the level 3 qualifications listed above will be awarded the level 3 Diploma in the Principles and Practices of Horticulture.

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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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