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Course Title: RHS Level 2 Certificate in the Principles of Plant Growth, Propagation and Development (Theory)

RHS Level 2 Certificate in the Principles of Plant Growth, Propagation and Development (Theory)

Horticulture Course
Price:£340 Qualification: RHS Level 2 Certificate
RHS Level 2 Certificate in the Principles of Plant Growth, Propagation and Development (Theory)

RHS Level 2 Certificate in the Principles of Plant Growth, Propagation and Development (Theory). This course has now been updated in line with the new RHS protocols. Globally recognised, completing it will help you develop “green fingers” and is suitable for both amateur and professional horticulturists. Looking to change your career and become a gardener? Then this is the place to start.

To obtain the RHS Level 2 Certificate in the Principles of Plant Growth, Propagation and Development, you will need to pass four unit exams, held by the RHS in February and June every year.

Students need to register as an external candidate at an RHS Approved Centre, or contact: qualifications@rhs.org.uk for details.

You should also be aware that there are deadline dates by which you must apply to take them and that exam fees are paid directly to the test centre when booking your seat.

Course Information

Course Duration:

The course takes approximately 140 hours to complete but this is given as a guide only. We encourage our learners to work at their own pace and so there are no assignment deadlines or end date, by which the course must be completed by. Apart from the RHS exam dates deadlines, you are in control. If you start and then something happens in your life that stops you from continuing, don’t worry. Just take a break and recommence your studies for the following year’s exams or even for the year after that.

Learning Materials:

You can be assured that all of the course work and resource materials (revision workbook, PowerPoint presentations etc.), have been written by experienced professionals who have prepared everything in line with up-to-date RHS guidelines, for learning providers.The syllabus is broken into the four units and because many people choose to spread their exams over the two examination months available, it means you can target your learning to those you want to take first. Please contact us if you just want to take one unit at a time.

Everyone gets online access to ADL’s learning platform and the learning materials, which can be downloaded in a pdf. format to study offline. You can also choose to have the course posted to you on a USB memory stick and/or opt for the correspondence add-on option, if you would like the learning materials in book form.

Support:

At ADL we pride ourselves on the quality of the unlimited admin and tutor support we provide to our students. Our support team are there to help you with anything they can, whilst our tutors are seasoned industry related professionals, suitably qualified in horticulture and very happy to share their wealth of experience.

Studying from Abroad:

If you are intending to study from abroad (other than Ireland), you will need to email qualifications@rhs.org.uk to request an exceptional supervision form before applying to take the exams. This means that you can complete the course from abroad and get an internationally recognised qualification from the Royal Horticultural Society.

Tuition Fee Includes:

Learning materials for all four units
RHS student membership for the first 12 months

Key Facts:

Ideal qualifications for entry into horticultural employment, improving practical skills or further study
Course covers a range of wide range of horticultural topics and up-to-date working practices
Appropriate for career change or to gain a better knowledge
Suitable for part-time study
Each unit is assessed by examination or set practical activities
Examinations take place in February and June
Practical courses provide hands-on experience of practical skills
No entry requirements
Qualification consists of mandatory units (for theoretical and practical-based qualifications) with some optional units to develop specialist practical skills

 

Course Structure:

Unit 1 – Plant Classification, Structure and Function:

Outcome 1. Know the characteristics and the naming of the main groups of plants and their life cycles

1.1 Describe plant groups of significance to horticulture
1.2 Understand botanical and horticultural plant names
1.3 Describe the stages in plant growth
1.4 Define a range of botanical and horticultural terms relating to plant growth

Outcome 2. Know the structure and function of plant cells, tissues and vegetative organs

2.1 Describe the structure of plant cells and state the functions of plant cell components and tissues
2.2 State what is meant by the term: ‘plant tissue’
2.3 Describe the structure and state the functions of roots
2.4 Describe the structure and state the functions of stems
2.5 Describe the structure and state the functions of leaves

Outcome 3. Understand the structure and function of flowers, fruits and seeds

3.1 Describe the structure and state the functions of flowers – Outcome 3: Understand the structure and function of flowers, fruits and seeds
3.2 Describe the structure and functions of fruits and seeds

Outcome 4. Understand the importance of photosynthesis, respiration, the movement of water and minerals through the plant

4.1 Describe photosynthesis and the factors that affect it
4.2 Describe aerobic and anaerobic respiration and the factors that affect them.
4.3 Describe the movement of water and minerals through the plant
4.4 Describe the relationship between leaf structure and physiology

Unit 2 – Plant Nutrition and the Root Environment:

Outcome 1. Understand the physical and chemical properties of soils

1.1 Describe the formation of
1.2 Describe the properties of soil that contribute to the healthy growth of plants
1.3 Define soil texture and describe associated characteristics
1.4 Define soil structure and describe the root environment
1.5 Describe how the root environment can be improved and protected

Outcome 2. Know the importance of organic matter in the root environment

2.1 Describe the role of organic matter in the soil
2.2 Describe the characteristics and uses of different types of organic matter added to the soil
2.3 Describe methods of composting and their use/application in horticultural practices

Outcome 3. Understand plant nutrition provided by soil and other growing media

3.1 Describe a range of nutrients required for healthy plant growth
3.2 Explain the significance of soil pH to plant growth
3.3 Describe how plant nutrients can be provided and maintained

Outcome 4. Understand the uses of growing media

4.1 Explain the considerations required when growing plants in containers
4.2 Describe a range of compost types
4.3 Explain the considerations required when growing plants in water culture

Unit 3 – Maintaining Plant Health:

Outcome 1. Understand the importance of using safe, healthy and environmentally sustainable practices for the maintenance of plant health

1.1 Explain what is meant by physical, cultural, chemical, or biological control
1.2 Explain the importance of natural balances in plant protection
1.3 Describe how the selection of plants can help to avoid plant health problems

Outcome 2. Understand the problems posed by weeds in horticulture and how these problems can be minimised

2.1 Explain why weeds need to be controlled
2.2 Describe the biology of ephemeral, annual and perennial weeds
2.3 Describe how weeds can be controlled

Outcome 3. Understand the problems posed by pests and methods by which these can be minimised

3.1 Explain why pests need to be controlled
3.2 Describe the life-cycle of garden pests
3.3 Describe the biology of pests
3.4 Explain how pests can be controlled

Outcome 4. Understand the problems posed by diseases in horticulture and methods by which they can be minimised

4.1 Explain why plant diseases need to be controlled
4.2 Describe the life-cycle of garden diseases
4.3 Describe the biology of diseases
4.4 Describe how diseases can be controlled

Outcome 5. Understand the problems caused by plant disorders and methods by which they can be minimised

5.1 Explain why plant disorders need to be controlled
5.2 Describe methods of preventing and ameliorating plant disorder

Unit 4 – Understanding Plant Propagation:

Outcome 1. Understand the role of seeds in plant propagation

1.1 Describe the structure of seeds and their significance in propagation
1.2 Describe the process of and requirements for successful seed germination
1.3 Describe appropriate methods of harvesting and storing different types of seed

Outcome 2. Understand methods of propagation from seeds and spores

2.1 Describe the process of growing seeds in containers
2.2 Describe the process of growing seeds in open ground
2.3 Describe the propagation of ferns by spores

Outcome 3. Describe the role of Vegetative Reproduction in Plant Propagation

3.1 Describe the significance of vegetative propagation of plants

Outcome 4. Understand methods of vegetative propagation

4.1 Describe how juvenility and plant health affect the success of vegetative propagation
4.2 Describe methods of vegetative propagation
4.3 Describe the propagation facilities and aftercare for vegetative propagation

 

RHS Links and Book List

Important Links:

For RHS Website please click here
For RHS Examination dates for 2018 please click here
For RHS Examination fees please click here
For RHS approved UK Examination Centers please click here
For RHS Level 2 Qualification Specification September 2017 please click here
For RHS level 2 Statement of Purpose click here

Optional Recommended books:

For the RHS Level 2 Certificate Courses as a whole:

Principles of Horticulture 6th Edition by CR Adams, KM Bamford and MP Early
New RHS Encyclopedia of Gardening Techniques, Mitchell Beazley ISBN 978184533408
RHS Encyclopedia of Plants and Flowers, Dorling Kindersley, ISBN 9781405314541
RHS Botany for Gardeners: the Art and Science of Gardening Explained and Explored, Mitchell Beazley, ISBN 9781845338336.

Other Useful Books:

The Green Garden Expert by Dr D G Hessayon, Expert Books, ISBN 978090350563
RHS Plant Finder ( use the current edition only), £15.99 Dorling Kindersley
Plant Names Simplified: Their Pronunciation Derivation and Meaning, AT Johnson and HA Smith, old Pond Publishing, ISBN 1905523823
RHS Latin for Gardeners: Over 3,000 plant names explained and explored, Lorraine Harrison and the RHS. Mitchell Beazley ISBN 184533731X

Additional Additional Books for the Principles of Plant Growth, Propagation and Development

Botany for Gardeners Revised edition Brian Capon, Timber Press £14.99 088192 6558
Practical Science for Gardeners Mary Pratt, Timber Press £17.99 088192718X
Green Plants: The Inside Story CJ Clegg. John Murray 0719575532

Customer Comment:

“I am delighted to report that I passed the exam and received a “Pass with Commendation.” I appreciate very much the detail that you went into, in the the correction of my assignments and I found your advice and extra subject information invaluable in advancing my interest and knowledge in horticulture”. Go raibh mile maith agat! (a thousand thanks!) Colin, RHS Certificate II , Ireland.

Price: £340
Qualification: RHS Level 2 Certificate in the Principles of Plant Growth, Propagation and Development (Theory)
Estimated Course Duration: 140 hours
Available Learning Methods: Online, USB (+£5) and Correspondence (+£55)
Enrolment Dates: Our courses are self-paced and you can start at anytime

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