RHS Level 2 Exams

**The exam information on this page refers to the old RHS Level 2 syllabus (RHS Level 2: Principles of Horticulture) - for students who started their course before 31 March 2022**

For students on the new syllabus RHS Level 2: Principles of Plant Growth and Development (who started after autumn 2022) please refer to the Student Handbook for exam details.

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. The final exams for this syllabus will be re-sits in February 2024.

You can either sit in-person exams at a recognised RHS exam centre or Learning with Experts students can apply to take exams online.

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 qualifications@rhs.org.uk, by phoning +44 1483 226500 or by post to RHS Qualifications, RHS Garden Wisley, Woking, Surrey, GU23 6QB.

What happens if I can't take the exams or need to delay taking exams?

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.

How much do exams cost?

To sit an exam you will need to be registered with the RHS which currently costs (2022) £20.

The exams currently (2022) cost £150 when you sit the exam in person at a centre.

Online exams will have an additional administration fee.

Payments for exams are to the RHS or the centre where you're sitting exams.

When are RHS Level 2 exam results published?

Results are published within 50 working days of the exam date. Results must be obtained from the approved centre where you sat the exam.  

When will I receive my RHS Level 2 certificate?

Certificates are dispatched within 30 working days of publishing the exam results. All certificates are posted directly to the centre where you are enrolled for exams.

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