rhs level 2 diploma in horticulture - 3 days a week
RHS Level 2 Diploma in Horticulture Learners who successfully complete all the necessary units for the level 2 certificate in the principles of horticulture and rhs level 2 certificate in practical horticulture will gain the Level 2 Diploma in the Principles and Practices of Horticulture.
Starting in September 2017 The Garden School will be offering a course three days a week covering all units of the RHS Diploma in Horticulture.
Held on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday each week this course offers students a greater opportunity to experience learning through hands on gardening and classroom based lectures. Each day students will be learning as they work alongside their tutor in the garden and tunnels. There will also be a number of field trips to nurseries and gardens throughout the year.
Ideal qualification for entry into horticultural employment, improving practical skills or further study
Covers a range of wide range of horticultural topics and up-to-date working practices
Appropriate for career change or to gain a better knowledge
Suitable for part-time study
Each unit is assessed by examination or set practical activities
Written examinations take place in February and June
Practical courses provide hands-on experience of practical skills and assessed throughout the course
No entry requirements
Qualification consists of mandatory units (for theoretical and practical-based qualifications) with some optional units to develop specialist practical skills
IF YOU WANT TO GET AN INTERNATIONALLY RECOGNAISED QUALIFICATION OR JUST LEARN LOTS ABOUT GARDENING, GARDEN DESIGN AND HOW PLANTS GROW, THEN THIS COURSE IS FOR YOU.ENROLLING NOW!
The emphasis is on hands on learning, whether its plant science or pruning we make a special effort to bring the subject to life with practical demonstrations and workshops.
8 Theory Units
Plant classification, structure and function
Plant nutrition and the root environment
Maintaining plant health
Understandiing plant propagation
understanding garden features, plant selection and planning
Understanding the choice, establishment and maintenance of garden plants and lawns
Understanding the procduction of outdoor vegetables and fruit
Understanding protected environments and their use in plant cultivation
Sowing seeds and vegetative propagation techniques
Practical skills in ground preparation for seeding and planting
Practical skills in establishing seeds and plants in soil
Care and pruning of plants
Identification of a range of common garden plants, weeds, pests, diseases and disorders and beneficial organisms
COURSE IS PART TIME - three days each week
SEPTEMBER 2017 TO MAY 2018
COURSE COMMENCES 18TH SEPTEMBER 2017
What is the RHS Level 2 Diploma in Horticulture? The Royal Horticultural Society Level 2 Certificate in the Principles of Horticulture is a recognised qualification. On successful completion of the examination candidates may choose to continue their studies in order to obtain higher qualifications within the RHS Qualifications framework. An attractive feature of this course is that it is purely horticultural and students are not required to study non-horticultural subjects as on many other courses. The Diploma is the combination to the RHS Level 2 Certificate in The Principles of Horticulture and the RHS Certificate in Practical Horticulture.
Classes Classes are held in The Garden School located in the nursery in MARLAY PARK, RATHFARNHAM, DUBLIN 16. Classes are held three days a week day Tuesday - Thursday. Classes will feature hands on learning, demonstrations and practicals to complement the comprehensive course notes. Classes will include practicals in the garden and polytunnel. Students are expected to study their notes at home. Class size is limited to a maximum of 15 students.
We make learning easier! We at The Garden School believe that students should not have to spend time searching for answers from many different places and that learning is easier and more enjoyable if the course material is well-presented and comprehensive. Following this belief, we have developed our own course notes and employ visual presentations and garden visits to complete an enjoyable learning experience.
Course Material All course notes are supplied in our Study Packs so there is no necessity to purchase any books. A suggested reading list is included with the first Study Pack.
Course Tutors The principal course tutors are Ciaran Burke and Aoife Munn. Ciaran is a qualified horticulturist with many years of experience in horticulture and gardening. Ciaran is a keen plantsman and has been teaching RHS courses since 1999. He writes for a number of publications including the Irish Garden. He has been a speaker at the Garden, Landscape and Design Association (GLDA) Annual Design Seminar in 2013 and the RHSI Annual Seminar in 2014.
Aoife has completed the RHS Masters of Horticulture. She is an enthusiastic and experienced horticulture tutor and lectures on the health benefits of gardening.
Garden Visits Visits to the National Botanic Gardens, nurseries and other gardens are a feature of this course. Seeing plants growing in such a location brings the course more alive. These visits are included in the course fee. Own transport is required for garden visits.
Examinations The exam is held each year in June at an examination centre in Dublin. An exam fee is payable to the Royal Horticultural Society. And no, you do not have to sit the exam if you decide to enroll with The Garden School. That is up to you to decide. Exam fees are not included in the cost of the course. At present the exam fee is €350.00.
Who enrols on this course? People from different backgrounds, from those who have never studied horticulture and/or gardening, to the more experienced gardeners of all ages. The RHS Certificate in the Principles of Horticulture is ideally suited to interested amateurs or to anyone considering embarking on a career in horticulture or to those who are already working in the horticulture/gardening sector who wish to learn more and obtain a recognized qualification.
Whatever your ultimate goal, whether it is professional or purely for personal enjoyment. Enrolling on The Garden School RHS Level 2 Certificate in the Principles of Horticulture is the perfect starting point for discovering the wonderful world of horticulture.
Venue The course takes place at The Garden School located in the nursery adjacent to the walled garden in Marlay Park.
Surrounded by beautiful mature trees and in the centre of parkland it is an ideal place to learn about gardening and horticulture. Facilities on site include outdoor practical learning spaces, tunnels and classroom and library. There is a kitchen and on the grounds of Marlay Park there is a coffee shop. Ample free car parking is available.
Cost The fees are €3,000. Course fees can be paid in instalments Information is on the enrolment form.