Please note our intakes for the 2022/23 academic year are now full, applications for the 2023/24 intake will open in Summer 2023.
To register your interest for the new prospectus, please email parttimecourses@Sparsholt.ac.uk and we will notify you via email once applications open for the 2023/24 academic year in Summer 2023.
What will I learn?
Delivered one day a week over six months, taught on the Horticulture Department at Sparsholt College.
The course leads to the RHS Certificate Level 2 in Practical Horticulture.
Following the RHS syllabus, the qualification consists of eight core units covering the following subject areas:
To complete the qualification learners will be required to sit a summative short answer theory assessment, plant identification assessments and a series of formative practical competence assessments.
Further information on the new syllabus can be found on the RHS website: www.rhs.org.uk/qualifications
Where will it lead me?
Learners can enrol onto the RHS Level 2 in the Principles of Horticulture following completion of this Practical Course. Alternatively, they may move on to the Level 3 RHS Practical Course (New Syllabus) in September 2023.
Please note RHS assessments – it is intended that students undertake the assessments for RHS in the academic year of registration, this allows for the best chance of success as assessments are taken while the syllabus knowledge is fresh.
There are no pre-requisites for this course just a passion for Horticulture.
This is a new syllabus that is being delivered for September 2022 and we are no longer offering the old RHS Level 2 Practical Horticulture Course.
Learners will be required to carry out revision for assessments outside of their college attendance.
Please note: formal assessments will commence in January through to the end of June, some assessments will be scheduled after the course has finished.
Steel toe capped boots or very sturdy walking boots/approach shoes are essential for the participation of this course.
Fee Details 1
Free if unemployed or low wage (if aged 19-23 must have Full L2 or above to be eligible)
Fee Details 2
Due to funding restrictions, anyone who doesn’t live in England, isn’t a UK resident^ or who lives in the local authority areas^ of:
Cambridge and Peterborough
Greater London Authority
Liverpool City Region
North of Tyne Combined Authority
West of England
Will be unable to apply for fee remission and may be subject to higher course fees than those published.
^go to this page on our website to check if your postcode is in a Devolved Funding Area or to check eligibility if you are a non-UK resident https://www.sparsholt.ac.uk/the-college/fees-and-funding/
If you don’t live in England or are not a UK resident or live in any of the above local authority areas and wish to enrol on the course, please contact us for information on tuition fees.
For further information on fee remission
details linked to the above Fee
Code – refer to our PT Application form on