Course Status

To register your interest for the 2024/25 course intake (commencing September 2024), please email and we will notify you once applications open in Summer 2024.

What will I learn?

Learners will undertake modules: Plant Science, Plant Health, Plant Nutrition and Plant Specification.

Further information on the new syllabus can be found on the RHS website:

Delivered one day a week over seven months, taught on the Horticulture Department at Sparsholt College. Course day relates directly to the start date of each intake and can vary between academic years.

Learners will be required to carry out revision for assessments outside of their college attendance.

Please note: formal assessments will commence on completion of formal delivery.

Where will it lead me?

Learners can enrol onto the RHS Level 2 Practical Certificate in Horticulture following completion of this Theory Course. Alternatively, they may move on to a Level 3 RHS Practical Course (New Syllabus).

Entry Requirements

Please note RHS examinations – it is intended that students undertake the examinations for RHS in the academic year of registration, this allows for the best chance of success as exams are taken while the syllabus knowledge is fresh.
There are no pre-requisites for this course just a passion for Horticulture.

Please Note

Due to funding restrictions this course is not available to existing full time Sparsholt College/Andover College students aged 16, 17 or 18 (or 19-24 with an EHCP) on the 31/8 in the year they started their course.



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