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RHS Level 2 Certificate in the Principles of Plant Growth and Development

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Explore the science of plants and plant adaptation with our Level 2 Certificate at Writtle College. Our course is accredited by the Royal Horticultural Society.


As a student at Writtle College, you’ll learn how plants function, and ways to support plant health and nutrition.

You’ll also explore a range of planting styles, and how plants can help to create habitats that encourage biodiversity.

We’ll also look at the role that horticulture can play in promoting wellbeing and a sense of community.

This Level 2 Certificate in the Principles of Plant Growth and Development can prepare you for a career in a growing industry.

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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.

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.


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 Practical Horticulture at Writtle College.

Apply now for RHS Level 2 Certificate in the Principles of Plant Growth and Development

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