New RHS qualification to start in New Year

For many years the RHS has offered an academic Level 2 Certificate, but from January the College will now be offering the new highly practical alternative Level 2 qualification as well – The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Level 2 Certificate in Practical Horticulture. The more hands-on qualification has recently been designed by the RHS in response to demand for a more practical based qualification. 

Writtle College lecturer Christine Lavelle, a graduate from the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew will be heading up the new course at Writtle.  Christine who has over 26 years experience in the industry says:  “It’s an exciting opportunity for keen amateurs and professionals to embark on a purely practical programme that will teach them seasonal gardening skills to a high level.”

The new RHS Level 2 is a nationally recognised qualification for both professional horticulturists and keen gardeners.  The practical elements that will be covered around the gardens and glasshouses of Writtle College will include the modules: plant and animal identification, propagation, vegetable growing, horticultural establishment and maintenance, and soils and composting. 

The course will commence on 7 January and completes on 22 July 2011. It is scheduled for every Friday from 9.00am through to 4.30pm each week.  The cost of the course tuition is £500 with an additional £84 for the assessments of the practical work and certification, a total of £584. Please contact Admissions on 01245 424200