The Level 2 Certificate in Practical Horticulture focuses on developing essential horticultural skills. These not only offer opportunities for employment, but provide the foundation for further skills development at level 3. The qualification consists of six mandatory units which cover the following topics:

 Soil Testing

 Practical skills in ground preparation for seeding and planting

 Sowing seeds and vegetative propagation techniques

 Practical skills in establishing seeds and plants in soil

 Care and pruning of plants

 Identification of a range of common garden plants, weeds, pests, diseases, disorders and beneficial organisms

In addition to the mandatory units, you must also successfully complete the following optional units. 

 Sustainable garden practice

LEVEL 2: This qualification provides a broad knowledge of the principles which underpin horticultural practices. The qualification combines the units in the RHS Level 2 Certificate in Principles of Plant Growth, Propagation and Development and the RHS Level 2 Certificate in the Principles of Garden Planning, Establishment and Maintenance. It consists of eight mandatory units which cover the following topics:

 Plant classification, structure and function

 Plant nutrition and the properties and management of soils and growing media

 Maintaining plant health through understanding pest, disease and weed lifecycles

 Principles and practices of plant propagation in horticulture

 Principles of garden planning and garden plant selection

 Establishment and maintenance of garden plants and lawns

 Cultural operations and production methods for outdoor vegetable and fruit crops

 Protected environments (greenhouses, polythene tunnels and cold frames) and their use in plant cultivation