RHS Level 3 Certificate in the Principles of Garden Planning, Construction and Planting
You can apply for this online certificate anytime from September until May
This certificate covers garden planning, construction and planting and builds on the current RHS Level 2 certificate. The course delivers a broad-based understanding of garden design, construction and planting is the second of two theory certificates that go together with a practical certificate to make the RHS Level 3 Diploma in the Principles and Practices of Horticulture. The first theory certificate is RHS Level 3 Part 1 which covers botany, plant health and propagation and RBGE will offer this course in September 2018.
The RHS Level 3 Part 1 and Part 2 certificates are stand-alone qualifications so you don’t need to have completed Part 1 before you do Part 2.
The RHS Level 3 Certificate in the Principles of Garden Planning, Construction and Planting is made up of four units:
- Understanding garden survey techniques and design principles (4 credits)
- Understanding the selection and use of landscaping elements in the garden (4 credits)
- Understanding the setting out and construction of landscaping elements in the garden (4 credits)
- Understanding a range of specialist elements in the establishment of garden and urban plantings (3 credits)
How to Apply
You can download the Applicant's Handbook from the box on the right. This contain further information on the course as well as an application form. Please post or email your completed application form to us by Friday 25th August for a 1st September start. Applications for the distance learning course are accepted between 1st September 2017 and 31st May 2018. Applications received after 1st September 2017 will be processed within 5 working days of receipt. Your PropaGate Learning account will be activated and course joining instructions will be sent once your payment has cleared. The online application form will be available from Monday 21st August 2017.
There are no formal requirements. We would recommend studying the RHS level 2 Certificate in the Principles of Horticulture before taking on this course, but it is not always necessary. Feel free to get in touch if you are unsure about the level of the course.
Examinations and Assessment
Each certificate course involves 150 hours teaching and home study and is assessed through the formal RHS exams in February and June.
The award of these Certificates is based on written examinations that are externally set and marked by the RHS. The certificate is accredited by Ofqual (The Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation) in England and Wales.
Please note we are unlikely to run the RHS practical courses, if your ultimate aim is a Diploma.
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