Diploma studentsThe diploma is made up of two levels (known as Level 3 and Level 4) and can only be studied at RHS Garden Wisley. As part of this two-year course, Level 3 is studied in year one, and Level 4 in year two.


Applications are closed

Applications for the diploma at Wisley have now closed.


RHS Level 3 & 4 Diploma in Horticultural Practice

We teach our RHS Diploma in Horticultural Practice as a two-year course at RHS Garden Wisley.

Year 1 – Level 3

You will learn about the following areas of horticulture:

  • Horticultural operations
  • Plant care
  • Establishment and maintenance
  • Horticultural taxonomy
  • Botany and plantsmanship
  • Horticultural history
  • Philosophy and design
  • Productive growing propagation
  • Soils and growing media

You will have the opportunity to design and tend your own allotment and visit the RHS Chelsea Flower Show.

 

Year 2 – Level 4

You will study:

  • Horticultural management
  • Ornamental planting
  • Horticultural taxonomy
  • Botany and plantsmanship II
  • Plant health II
  • Garden design
  • Landscape construction
  • Propagation and protected growing environments
  •  Research project
  • Manage and build project

Programme

Diploma student in the garden

Diploma students rotate through 10 departments in the Garden. The course also comprises a detailed lecture and masterclass programme, and students complete various pieces of assessed coursework.


Additional qualifications

Diploma students also complete a number of short practical-based national qualifications, which include:

  • FEPA PA1 & PA6aw (pesticides)
  • Tractor driving
  • Strimming and brushcutting
  • Using a hedge trimmer
  • Tree assessment course
  • Manual handling course
 

Entry requirements

Applicants are expected, as a minimum, to hold a Level 2 horticultural qualification such as a National Certificate in Horticulture, Horticultural Operative Apprenticeship or RHS Level 2 Diploma in the Principles and Practices of Horticulture.

Applicants should have:

  • A keen interest in the role being advertised
  • At least two GCSEs (or equivalents) in English and maths
  • At least three months’ worth of practical work experience in a professional horticultural environment
  • Experience using basic horticultural machinery, equipment and/or tools
  • Experience working as an individual and as part of a team
  • Openness to working with new individuals across the garden on a regular basis
  • Experience working with customers/visitors in a professional environment, and experience giving good customer service
  • A flexible approach to working (e.g. weekend work will be required on a regular basis, and evening work will be required from time-to-time)

Please take a look at the job description on our recruitment site for full applicant criteria.

Applicants from overseas are considered, on condition that non-EU nationals are able to obtain an appropriate work visa. Please note that the RHS is unable to sponsor any visa applications. A good working knowledge of the English language is essential and evidence to that effect will be requested.


How to apply – applications are closed

Applications for the diploma at Wisley have now closed.


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