This qualification provides a route to employment in professional horticulture by assessing knowledge of the scientific principles underpinning horticultural practices. It also supports career development for those already working in the profession. In addition, it provides a foundation for further learning or training in the field of horticulture.
While there are no formal pre-requisites for entry to the qualification, it is strongly recommended that students have obtained the RHS Level 2 Certificate in the Principles of Garden Planning, Establishment and Maintenance - or an equivalent qualification - before they commence the course.
There are two examinations, one in February and one in June.
You will be required to supply your own steel toe-cap boots.
Additional equipment you will need to provide consists of a drawing board, set squares, scale ruler, and ink pens (drafting).
After completion of this course, you will be able to further your studies by attending the RHS Practical Certificate Level 3 and RHS Theory Level 3 courses.
Former Horticulture learner Dan Brennen flew the flag for Broomfield Hall by scooping a gold medal in the WorldSkills UK final – after building a garden in just 18 hours. Dan, now studying Landscape Architecture at the University of Sheffield, impressed industry experts who judged his efforts at the Skills Show held at the NEC.
There to represent Derby College, he was part of a team which built a garden from scratch, including laying block paving and slabs, building raised beds, installing a water feature and planting.
Dan’s success gave him the chance to work with a specialist training team to prepare for a further WorldSkills challenge in Northern Ireland – so he gained even more skills to take forward into his working life.
Being part of WorldSkills was a fantastic experience and I’ve learnt so much. The additional training I’ve done as part of the competition will earn me a Level 4 qualification which, along with my degree, will hopefully greatly improve my job prospects after university.