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RHS Level 2 Certificate in the Principles of Horticulture at RBGE

Come and join us at the Royal Botanic Garden in Edinburgh and study for the RHS Level 2 certificate in the Principles of Horticulture. The RHS Certificate in the Principles of Horticulture is a great entry-level qualification. Whether you are starting a career in horticulture, or just want to take your love of plants and gardening further, this course gives you a broad-based understanding of horticulture, garden design and how plants work.

The RHS Level 2 covers a wide range of the core topics for a career in horticulture, including how to propagate and care for indoor plants.

This is a stand-alone course and you do not need any prerequisites for the course (Level 1 is a separate practical qualification). This internationally recognised qualification is ideal if you are looking for a career in horticulture, want to take your skills further as a professional or keen amateur, or it is a great complement to existing skills in landscaping or garden design.

You can study it with us in two ways tailored to suit your life, wherever you are in the world:

1. as an online course from September 2019

2. attendance class at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (RBGE)

Please read the 2019/20 Applicants' Handbook for details including course content, structure and pricing. There are also Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) which you may find helpful. Alternatively you can complete the form below to ask any further questions. You can apply now using our electronic application form, alternatively you complete the paper application form in the Applicants' Handbook. All applications received before the 30th August 2019 will be processed for starting on the 2nd September 2019 provided payment has cleared. Applications received after this date will be processed within 5 days.

Take a look at the videos below to find out more about the course. The first one explains how you can study with us and what the content of the course is. The second explains a bit more about PropaGate Learning and Study technique. You can also look at part of the course by clicking on the 'Sample Course link to the right'.

Introduction to the RHS2 Course at RBGE


Introducing the RHS2 qualification at RBGE. Greg Kenicer presents

Supporting you with PropaGate Learning and Study Skills


This video explains the resources found on PropaGate Learning, how to get the best out of it and covers some study techniques too. Presented by Greg Kenicer.

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