RHS Level 3 Certificates
Part 1: The RHS Level 3 Certificate in the Principles of Plant Growth, Health and Applied Propagation
The RHS Level 3 Certificate in the Principles of Plant Growth, Health and Applied Propagation builds on the current RHS Level 2 certificate and delivers a broad-based understanding of horticultural techniques and plant biology. If you are based in Scotland, it is equivalent to something between a higher and an advanced higher or to an English A-Level.
It is made up of 4 units:
- Plant taxonomy, structure and function (5 credits)
- The root environment, plant nutrition and growing systems (5 credits)
- The management of plant health (3 credits)
- Understanding applied plant propagation (2 credits)
Part 2: The RHS Level 3 Certificate in the Principles of Garden Planning, Construction and Planting
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.
It is made up of 4 units:
- Understanding garden survey techniques and design principles (5 credits)
- Understanding the selection and use of landscaping elements in the garden (5 credits)
- Understanding the setting out and construction of landscaping elements in the garden (3 credits)
- Understanding a range of specialist elements in the establishment of garden and urban plantings (2 credits)
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.
What are the study options/fees?
You can choose to study Part 1 or Part 2 as individual stand-alone courses and you will have access to the online course materials and tutor support for 12 months. If you choose to do both certificates you will have access to the online course materials and tutor support for 18 months.
The fee for a single certificate is £270 and the fee for both is £525. This is payable on application and includes:
- 12 months Access to course materials on PropaGate Learning for a single certificate / 18 months for both certificates
- Tutor support for any study questions
- Access to discussion forums with other students
It is also possible to extend your online access for an additional 6 months for a fee of £50 should you need a little bit longer to complete the course.
Please read the 2020 Applicants' Handbook for full details.
How do I apply?
To apply all you have to do is complete the Online Application Form.
Please read the course handbook before applying.
What are the Entry Requirements?
How are these certificates assessed?
Each certificate course involves 150 hours teaching and self 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.
The two theory certificates go together with a practical certificate to make the RHS Level 3 Diploma in the Principles and Practices of Horticulture. Please note we are unlikely to run the RHS practical courses, if your ultimate aim is a Diploma.
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