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RHS Level 2 in Practical Horticulture

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We are proud to be an RHS approved centre and a charity partner. We work with the RHS to deliver accredited and non-accredited courses from our Sheffield site. 

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6 sessions

1pm – 3pm

Free – fully funded


Level 2 in Practical Horticulture


16+ and those looking to pursue a career in horticulture

September 2017 

Part-time, every Wednesday, for 30 weeks over one academic year. 10am – 3.30pm


10 places available

RHS Level 2 in Practical Horticulture:

What will I learn?

The level 2 practical course covers the following subjects: 

•    Soil testing – Looking at different soil types, testing for the textural soil types as well as soil pH levels and nutrient availability.

•    Seed sowing and vegetative propagation techniques – Showing a variety of seeds. Carrying out suitable aftercare and picking out methods. Learning how to carry out different vegetative propagation techniques at appropriate times of year to include various stem cuttings, layering, leaf cuttings, air layering and divisions.

•    Ground preparation for seeding and planting – Learning to suitably prepare ground for planting and seed sowing.

•    Practical skills in establishing seeds and plants in soil - Correct planting and seed sowing techniques. 

•    Care and pruning of plants – Caring for a variety of plants to promote prolonged flowering, healthy establishment and growth. Learning how to carry out formative and regenerative pruning for different groups of plants.

•    Identification of a range of common garden plants, weeds, pests, diseases, disorders and beneficial organisms – Learning botanic names and what some mean, identifying a range of plants using the horticultural terminology of plant features for the different plant groups. Understanding what are pests and what are beneficial organisms. Looking at diseases and disorders of plants and how to prevent or eradicate.

•    Optional - Sustainable garden practice – looking at a range of sustainable practices that can be carried out in our gardens, for example, green manures, recycling, pest and disease control and attracting beneficial insects, animals and birds.

•    Optional - Practical skills in vegetable growing  - concentrating on the skills required for the successful healthy production of vegetables including planning, crop rotation, support and protection.

 (1 optional unit to be taken, this will be confirmed by centre)

How long does the course last and when are the sessions?

The Level 2 Practical Horticulture is a part-time 30 week course, over one academic year. The course begins in September and runs in term time only, until June. Dates are issued each year. 

The sessions are on Wednesdays 10:00am to 3:30pm at Beanstalk Gardens, with a 30-minute lunch break.

Is there a minimum entry requirement?

Entry level for this course: we advise having an equivalent to GCSE English grade A to C. Although this is a practical course there is an exam at the end. Any queries please contact us.

Who will I be studying with?

The course is open to anyone with the entry requirements. There are 12 places on the course to give a good tutor to student ratio.

How much does the course cost?

The course costs £950 this includes enrolment fees, administration fees and examination fees.

Do I need to pay the fees in one lump sum?

The course fees can be paid in a lump sum or can be split into three instalments. The instalments are as follows: the first instalment of £450 is payable on enrolment, the second instalment £250, third instalment £250.

Where is the site where the qualifications are delivered?

The course will be delivered on the site of Beanstalk Gardens at Sheffield. The address is: Beanstalk Gardens, Falconer Barn Smallage Lane, Fence, Sheffield, S13 9ZH

What is Beanstalk Gardens like, what are the facilities?

Beanstalk Gardens is set on a hill with a beautiful view overlooking Sheffield. It offers various areas in which to develop a variety of horticultural interests. The site follows a sustainable gardening philosophy. Areas on site include a teaching cabin for written/theory work, two polytunnels where potting and propagating take place as well as growing under protection, raised beds offering varied planting opportunities, an orchard though this is only young, a wildlife pond, more planting beds for additional planting and planted areas with a variety of stock plants. As a cohort of students, we are maybe looking to develop a new area of the garden as part of the course.

The site has no electricity and has composting toilets. Please be aware the site is sloped and has uneven surfaces so suitable footwear should be worn. 

What do I do now if I think that this course is for me?

Download the enrolment form below and return to the addresses below. We will then contact you shortly.

Beanstalk Gardens RHS Horticulture, Autism Plus, Exchange Brewery, 2 Bridge Street, South Yorkshire S3 8NS or email

You can contact us at the office on: 0114 3840265

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