RHS Level 2: Frequently asked questions
What is the RHS Level 2?
The RHS Level 2: Principles of Plant Growth and Development is an internationally recognised qualification. It is a theory based qualification which assesses the knowledge of the scientific principles underpinning horticultural practices.
Whether you are starting a career in horticulture, or just want to take your love of plants and gardening further, this course gives you a broad-based understanding of horticulture, garden design and how plants work.
Here's further information about the RHS Level 2 course.
Is RHS Level 2 suitable for me?
Our RHS Level 2 students come from around the world and from all different backgrounds.
Many students choose an online RHS course so they can study around jobs or life commitments, at times which suit them.
You'll meet students looking for RHS approved knowledge and qualifications so they can change careers into gardening, set up a gardening business or develop their career, beginner gardeners, to more experienced gardeners of all ages.
The course teaches you what you need to know to pass RHS Level 2 exams, and receive the RHS Level 2 qualification.
I live outside the UK - is RHS Level 2 a suitable course for my area?
Yes the RHS Level 2: Principles of Horticulture online course is suitable for anyone around the world. But you will need to think about how hardiness ratings and zones relate to plants in your area.
How long does RHS Level 2 course take?
Every student learns at their own pace but each video lesson is under 30 minutes, we expect students to read the downloadable notes which would take 1 hour per lesson, and assignments would take 3-6 hours per lesson, so in total up to 8 hours per lesson.
If you choose the "Expert" option you'll have 1 week per lesson to receive tutor feedback on your assignments (and can take breaks between courses) - but if you need a bit more time just get in touch with us via the orange chat icon or email email@example.com
There are 46 lessons in total, spread over 8 courses. We find most students like to take 1 lesson per week, but you can study more than 1 lesson per week or study slower. You can also take breaks between courses - the RHS Level 2 is designed to be flexible for you, so if you're not sure or need more time just get in touch with us.
What are the entry requirements for RHS Level 2?
There are no standard entry requirements (you don't need to have completed RHS Level 1 or any previous qualifications), but a passion for gardening will help!
What is RHS Level 2 equivalent to?
When and where are the exams?
The exams are not included in the price of this course, and are run by the RHS directly.
The exams are normally held twice a year in February and June. An exam fee is payable to the Royal Horticultural Society.
You can either sit in-person exams at a recognised RHS exam centre or Learning with Experts students can apply to take exams online.
Find out more information about RHS Level 2 exams (for the new syllabus) including dates and deadlines.
Online RHS exams
Learning with Experts and other RHS Level 2 distance learning students can now apply to take their RHS Level 2 exam online. Here's our guide to online RHS exams.
If you have any further questions about sitting exams, or gaining the final qualification, please contact the RHS directly by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, by phoning +44 1483 226500 or by post to RHS Qualifications, RHS Garden Wisley, Woking, Surrey, GU23 6QB.
What written information is provided as part of the course content?
You will be provided with downloadable course notes to accompany the lessons.
Is it possible to study this qualification alongside a full-time job?
Yes. All videos are on-demand, you can watch them at a time which works for you and watch as many times as you like. You can upload your assignments at any time and interact in the classroom whenever you want to.
Do the assignments have to be done in the week following the lesson?
You can choose to do all of your assignments at once, or you can spread them over a longer period of time, however if you've chosen the "Expert" option your tutor access is set for 1 week per lesson. If you need an extension of tutor time (eg if you're away for a period after starting a course) just get in touch!
Can I extend my tutor access time if I’m struggling to finish?
Yes, you can contact the Learning with Experts team who will extend your tutor access.
Do I need materials for this course?
How do you talk to your fellow students and tutor?
You can both chat to other students and your tutor live within the online classroom. We would encourage you to discuss any ideas with your classmates and comment on each others' assignments.
If you opt for Expert level you'll receive personal feedback on your assignments from your tutor, and you can directly ask your tutor questions.
What course materials will I get?
Along with the videos and the online classroom, you get detailed notes with the course - you can print these out and can study them like a book.
What can I expect from the videos?
The videos are on-demand, you can watch them when you want to, and watch each video as often as you want. You have lifetime access to the videos.
Each video is a lesson from your tutor, they'll take you through the material you're studying in that lesson, give examples and further explanations.
What can I expect from the online classroom?
The classroom is where you discuss with your peers, get feedback on your assignments and ask questions.
It works a bit like a social media feed - you can see what's happened in the class, see other's assignments, message the class and comment on other people's questions and assignments.
How many different RHS course levels are there?
The RHS offers:
RHS Level 1: designed for 14-19 year olds
RHS Level 2: Principles of Plant Growth and Development: this is the course offered by Learning with Experts, designed for those who are looking to get into a career in horticulture or further their horticultural career, or add to their gardening and plant knowledge
RHS Level 2: Practical: a practical course for hands-on gardening skills
RHS Level 3: for students looking to continue their horticultural knowledge.
Can you support students with learning difficulties?
Yes, often the flexibility of an online course can help with learning difficulties as you can learn at your own pace at times and places which suit you. Please do get in touch to discuss your individual requirements via email@example.com or the orange contact us bubble on the website.
What happens if I can't take the exams or need to delay my learning?
Special considerations and reasonable adjustments can be implemented at the time of an exam to ensure fair assessment and support a candidate who has been disadvantaged by temporary illness, injury or adverse circumstances which arose at, or near, the time of exam/assessment.
They must be applied for by the approved centre, where the exams/assessments are taken.
Can I pay in instalments?
Yes, we offer payment via Klarna - for more information add the course to your basket and click Check out and click the Klarna option on the payment screen.
How do I enrol?
Go to our RHS Level 2 course page and choose Peer or Expert level, click to add it to your basket and make the payment for the course. Once you've completed the payment the course will be under the "My Courses" button and available to start when you're ready (post September 2022 course start date).