As an external candidate you might be studying for an RHS qualification by distance learning or you might be self-taught.

RHS Wisley Venue

We appreciate it can be stressful finding a centre to sit RHS Examinations, so to ease the pressure we are hosting Level 2 and Level 3 exams at the beautiful RHS Garden Wisley.

RHS Wisley lies between Cobham and Ripley, in Surrey, just a few minutes drive from Junction 10 on the M25.

Places at RHS Wisley for Level 2 exams are now fully booked for the February exam session.

Bath & West Showground Venue

Bath & West Showground is located near Shepton Mallet (BA4 6QN) and is home to a series of world-class shows and events in Somerset. The RHS will host Level 2 exams on 8 and 9 February 2021 only at this new venue. All bookings for this venue must be made directly through RHS Qualifications.

How do I apply?

Applying to sit exams at RHS Wisley or Bath & West Showground is extremely easy. To check availability and obtain an application form email the RHS Qualifications team.  

Applications for February exams close on 7 January 2021.

Please note emailing an application form does not guarantee you a place; your place is only confirmed once you have received a confirmation email from the RHS. Due to demand we are unable to hold places.  

Email the qualifications team

Exam centre availability

Spaces are limited and fill up fast. They are on a first come first served basis, therefore we strongly recommend you apply as soon as possible and in advance of the closing date to avoid payment of late fees.

Check the closing dates for all 2021 exam entries (137kB pdf)

Read our external candidate FAQs (484kB pdf) to find answers to the questions we get asked the most about our venue. 


There is a £35 administration fee per candidate, per day in addition to the following examination unit entry cost: 

  • Level 2 - £18 per unit
  • Level 3 - £28 per unit

Examination fees must be paid in full and we will only be able to confirm your entry once payment is received. 

Payments can be made online using Worldpay, a secure online payment system, or by cheque. Once we have received your application we will send a link to Worldpay with the necessary transaction details for you to make the payment online. Further details regarding payment options can be found in our external candidate FAQs (484kB pdf) document. 

Other centres that accept external candidates

If RHS Garden Wisley is not within easy reach, you may sit your exams at one of our approved centres.

Below is a general list of RHS approved centres that have notified us that they're willing to accept external candidates.

For administration purposes, please be aware that some centres may require examination entries earlier than the RHS advertised date. To ensure you submit your application on time, please check with the centre.    

To check availability, fees and register for the exam, you will need to contact the centre directly using the details on our approved centre page.

East of England

West East Midlands

Manea School of Gardening, March B.E.S.T in Horticulture Group, The Academy of Practical Horticulture Limited, Coventry
Shuttleworth College, Bedfordshire Brooksby Melton College, Leicestershire
The Beth Chatto Gardens Ltd, Elmstead Market Derbyshire Adult and Community Education Service, Middleton by Wirksworth
Writtle University College, Chelmsford Hartlebury Castle, Worcestershire
North West Moulton College, Northamptonshire
Cheadle & Marple 6th Form College, Stockport Northamptonshire County Council, Northampton
Ness Botanic Garden, Ness OnSite Training UK, Lamport
Ordsall Hall & Gardens, Salford OnSite Training UK, Wellingborough
Reaseheath College, Cheshire Roots to Fruits
South East & London North East Yorkshire & Humber
B.E.S.T. in Horticulture Group, North Moreton Askham Bryan College, York
Berkshire College of Agriculture, Maidenhead Craven College, Skipton
Chichester College,Brinsbury Campus, Pulborough Shipley College, West Yorkshire
Hever Castle and Gardens, Edenbridge South West
Merrist Wood College, Surrey Duchy College, Cornwall
Plumpton College, Brighton Horticultural Correspondence College, Holsworthy
Ireland Scotland
National Learning Network Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh
Coláiste Stiofáin Naofa Threave Gardens, Dumfries and Galloway

If you are unable to find a school or college at which to sit your exam, you may still wish to contact other RHS approved centres in your local area as the exams officer may still be able to accept you.

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Where can I sit RHS exams?
Take your RHS exams at RHS Garden Wisley or find an alternative exam centre near you.  
Registrations are now open!

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