RHS Level 2 Certificate in Practical Horticulture

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Develop essential horticulture skills and learn how to identify and care for a range of plants. Our course is accredited by the Royal Horticultural Society.

You’ll learn how to care for and prune plants; identify a range of common plants, weeds, pests and diseases; and understand the reasons behind soil testing. Underpinning the whole course is an appreciation of health and safety.

This Level 2 Certificate in Practical Horticulture can prepare you for a career in a growing industry.

Horticulture – the growing of flowers, study of plants, design of gardens and construction of landscapes – is fundamental to our health and quality of life. It’s an extraordinary world with lots of employment opportunities, from historical gardens to commercial crop production.

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Hands-on learning

As a horticulture student at Writtle College you'll:

  • get hands-on experience of planting, growing and caring for plants
  • have access to our glasshouse, gardens and large collection of plants
  • study on a rural 150-hectare campus.
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Outstanding student support

Join our student community and:

  • learn from experienced tutors, who'll provide encouragement and feedback
  • make full use of facilities including library and IT resources
  • access support, should you need it, with study skills, careers advice, health and wellbeing, and more.


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Royal Horticultural Society

We're an Approved Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Centre, offering RHS qualifications which are widely recognised and respected in the horticulture industry.

Careers and educational progression

This Level 2 qualification can help you start a career in horticulture. You could find yourself working in historical and botanical gardens, landscape management, country parks, recreation and golf courses. There are also opportunities in commercial horticulture, such as growing food crops, ornamental crops, hardy nursery stock production, floriculture and retailing.

It’s also a foundation for further training, including the RHS Level 2 Certificate in the Principles of Plant Growth and Development at Writtle College.

Apply now for RHS Level 2 Certificate in Practical Horticulture

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Life in Writtle

Close to major cities, Writtle College is located on a picturesque 150-hectare campus in the heart of the Essex countryside.

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