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This is a comprehensive 12-module home study course covering a wide range of subjects from garden design and soil health to lawn care and the scientific principles of horticulture. Whether you are a keen amateur gardener or wish to take your first steps in a professional horticultural career, the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Certificate in Horticulture Level 2 is the qualification of choice. At the end of the course you will be awarded a Garden School Certificate of Course Completion. You will also be ready to sit the RHS Certificate in Horticulture, which you can do at an authorised examination centre in your area. (There is an additional fee for the examination and registration with the RHS.) Your tutor will provide personal support and advice to help you complete your assignments and prepare effectively for the exam. Students have up to three years to complete this course, allowing them to work through the modules at their own pace. On average, however, it takes students around 12 - 18 months to complete the course, based on 3 - 5 hours study time per week. Study topics covered include: introduction to horticulture; plant families: identification and nomenclature; the biology of plants; managing the growing environment; propagation; pollination, fertilization, germination. plant physiology; genetics and plant breeding; soils and growing media; pests and diseases: plant propagation; ecology in the garden; assessing plant needs; siting plants; legislation and regulations. Includes course book, Principles of Horticulture , all course material and full tutorial support. Why Choose Us? Our tutorial support is second-to-none. You can contact your tutor directly at any time if you have any questions or problems, or if you would just like a chat about how the course is going. Tutorial support is by e-mail and/or telephone. Even after you have finished your Learning Curve assignments, your tutor will continue to support you during your revision period, to ensure you are fully prepared for your exams. There are two exams for the RHS Level 2. Exams are held twice a year, once in January and once in June. You can sit both papers at the same exam sitting, or you can take them separately. Detailed Course Outline Part 1: Planning Principles and Production Module 1 - An Introduction to Horticulture: origins and history; careers in horticulture; why are plants so important?; horticulture and conservation - populations; food webs; ecosystems and natural balance; habitat protection; impact of horticultural chemicals; eutrophication; use of peat and its alternatives. Module 2 - Plant Structure and Form: an introduction to plant biology; plant cells and tissues; how plant cells function; cell differentiation; structure and form of leaves, roots, stems, and flowers; plant classification and taxonomy. Module 3 - How Plants Function: fertilisation; pollination; photosynthesis; respiration; plant growth and development, and its importance in horticulture; use of growth regulators; plant hormones; water uptake; transpiration; defining growth patterns. Module 4 - Plant Propagation: seed propagation compared to vegetative methods; dormancy; pre-sowing treatments, including stratification, scarification and pelleting; supporting successful germination; protected growing; layering, cuttings, division, budding and grafting. Module 5 - Outdoor Food Production: cultural operations; producing food crops in a garden situation; vegetable crops; growing soft and top fruit successfully; soil cultivation; growing under cover; climate and hardiness zones. Module 6 - Garden Planning: Basic survey techniques; site assessment; key aspects of garden design; use of hard and soft landscaping materials. Part 2: Ornamental Principles and Maintenance. Module 7 - Selecting and Using Plants: selecting plants (trees, plants and crops) to suit location; consideration of scale, position, facilities and features; planting density; choice of site, layout and design; conside

This is a comprehensive 12-module home study course covering a wide range of subjects from garden design and soil health to lawn care and the scientific principles of horticulture. Whether you are a keen amateur gardener or wish to take your first steps in a professional horticultural career, the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Certificate in Horticulture Level 2 is the qualification of choice....

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