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RHS - Levels 3 - Package
RHS Levels 3 Package
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RHS Level 3 Course Online
Start your career in Horticulture with this RHS Level 3 certified package studied via distance learning!
Continue to study the fundamental aspects of horticulture to further improve your career prospects in the profession. This course is an excellent follow on from completion of the RHS Level 2 Certificate in the Principles of Horticulture.
Studying from the comfort of your home, at work or from anywhere, you can work at a pace that you feel comfortable with, not at the speed of those who may be faster or slower than you. You are in control of how quickly you progress through the course. The RHS level 3 qualifications will demonstrate to employers that you have achieved a high level of learning applicable to the gardening industry. Therefore, they will be a valuable addition to your CV, either if you already work in horticulture or intend to do so, maybe as a school leaver or someone looking for a career change.
To obtain the RHS Level 3 Certificate in the Principles of Garden Planning, Construction and Planting (Theory) and RHS Level 3 Certificate in the Principles of Plant Growth, Health and Applied Propagation (Theory), you will need to pass four unit exams for each. These are an extra cost payable directly to the exam centres when booking your seat; they are not included in our course fees. Students need to register as an external candidate at an RHS Approved Centre, or contact firstname.lastname@example.org for details. To help fully prepare you for the exams, there are past test papers readily available.
By enrolling and paying for both courses in full, you will save 10% on the individual fees that apply when taking the courses separately.
Lesson Structure: RHS Level 3 Certificate in the Principles of Garden Planning, Construction and Planting (Theory)
UNIT 1 Garden Survey Techniques and Design Principles
- Outcome 1: Understand how to develop a client brief
- Outcome 2: Understand how to carry out a site appraisal
- Outcome 3: Understand a range of basic surveying techniques
- Outcome 4: Understand the principles of garden design
- Outcome 5: Understand the historical development of garden design styles
UNIT 2 – Selection and Use of Landscaping Elements in the Garden
- Outcome 1: Understand the Contribution made by Hard Landscaping Features to Garden Design
- Outcome 2: Understand the Contribution made by Soft Landscaping Features to the Design of a Garden
UNIT 3 – Setting out and Construction of Landscaping Elements in the Garden
- Outcome 1: Understand the Planning Involved in the Realisation of a Garden Design
- Outcome 2: Understand the Practical Procedures for Setting out a Site
- Outcome 3: Understand the Reasons for Correct Groundwork Procedures
- Outcome 4: Know Materials and Construction Procedures for Garden Surfaces
- Outcome 5: Know materials and construction procedures for garden walls, fences and pergolas
UNIT 4 – Specialist Elements in the Establishment of Garden and Urban Plantings
- Outcome 1. Understand the Practices of Establishing and Maintaining Planting in a Range of Specialist Areas
- Outcome 2. Understand Pruning in the Establishment and Maintenance of Specialist Plantings
Lesson Structure: RHS Level 3 Certificate in the Principles of Plant Growth, Health and Applied Propagation (Theory)
UNIT 1 Plant Taxonomy, Structure and Function
- Outcome 1: Understand the Plant Kingdon & the Taxonomic Hierachy
- Outcome 2: Understand the Structure and Function of Plant Tissues and Organs in the Life of the Plant
- Outcome 3: Understand Photosynthesis, Respiration, Water/solute Relations in the Plant and their Relevance to Horticulture
- Outcome 4: Understand the role of Plant Growth Regulators in Plant Development and their Relevance to Horticulture
UNIT 2 The Root Environment, Plant Nutrition & Growing Systems
- Outcome 1: Understand Formation and Properties of Soils and other growing media
- Outcome 2: Understand the relationship between plant growth and air and water in soils and other growing media
- Outcome 3: Understand the Role of Living Organisms in Soil Processes
- Outcome 4: Understand the role of nutrients in plant growth
- Outcome 5: Understand organic growing
UNIT 3 The Management of Plant Health
- Outcome 1: Know the characteristics of a range of pests, diseases and weeds of horticultural significance
- Outcome 2: Review the Control of Pests, Diseases and Weeds in Horticulture
UNIT 4 Understanding Applied Plant Propagation
- Outcome 1: Understand how Knowledge of Seed Anatomy, Physiology and Environmental Factors can be Applied to Propagate and Conserve Seeds Successfully
- Outcome 2: Understand the Relevance of Anatomy, Physiology and Environmental Factors to Methods of Vegetative Propagation
- Outcome 3: Understand Methods of Propagation used in Horticultural Production
The Unit Outcomes listed below are your Learning Goals for each Unit.
- Garden Survey Techniques and Design Principles
- Selection and Use of Landscaping Elements in the Garden
- Setting out and Construction of Landscaping Elements in the Garden
- Specialist Elements in the Establishment of Garden and Urban Plantings
- Plant Taxonomy, Structure and Function
- The Root Environment, Plant Nutrition and Growing Systems
- The Management of Plant Health
- Understanding Applied Plant Propagation
Practical (Set Tasks)
The course and/or units can completed in any order and exams are held by the RHS in February and June every year. Please note that there are deadline dates by which you have to apply to take them and exam fees are paid to the test center when booking your seat.To help fully prepare you for the exams, there are past test papers readily available.
The Total Qualification Time (TQT) given for the level 3 Certificate in the Principles of Plant Growth, Propagation and Development is 180.
The Total Qualification Time (TQT) given for the level 3 Certificate in the Principles of Garden Planning, Construction and Planting is 202.
You can be assured that all of the course work and resource materials (revision workbook, PowerPoint presentations etc.), have been written by experienced professionals who have prepared everything in line with up-to-date RHS guidelines, for learning providers.The syllabus is broken into the four units and because many people choose to spread their exams over the two examination months available, it means you can target your learning to those you want to take first. Please contact us if you just want to take one unit at a time.
Everyone gets online access to ADL’s learning platform and the learning materials, which can be downloaded in a pdf. format to study offline and to print off for making notes and highlighting particular sections of interest. You can also choose to have the course posted to you on a USB memory stick.
At ADL we pride ourselves on the quality of the unlimited admin and tutor support we provide to our students. Our support team are there to help you with anything they can, whilst our tutors are seasoned industry related professionals, suitably qualified in horticulture and very happy to share their wealth of experience.
Studying from Abroad:
If you are intending to study from abroad (other than Ireland), you will need to email email@example.com to request an exceptional supervision form before applying to take the exams. This means that you can complete the course from abroad and get an internationally recognised qualification from the Royal Horticultural Society.
Tuition Fee Includes:
Learning materials for all four units
RHS student membership for the first 12 months
- Ideal qualifications for entry into horticultural employment, improving practical skills or further study
- Course 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
- Examinations take place in February and June
- No entry requirements
- Qualification consists of four mandatory units
- For RHS Website please click here
- For RHS Examination dates for 2019 please click here
- For RHS Examination fees please click here
- For RHS approved UK Examination Centers please click here
- For RHS Qualification Specification for Level 3 Certificate in the Principles of Plant Growth, Propagation and Development, updated January 2018 please click here
- For RHS Level 3 Statement of Qualification Purpose for Level 3 Certificate in the Principles of Plant Growth, Propagation and Development please click here
- For RHS Qualification Specification for Level 3 Principles of Garden Planning, Construction and Planning, updated January 2018 please click here
- For RHS Level 3 Statement of Qualification Purpose for Level 3 Principles of Garden Planning, Construction and Planning please click here
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Assessment is based on a combination of completing all assignments and sitting for a final short one and a half hour exam, in your own location.
If you don’t cope well with exams then you may elect to undertake a project instead. This is a popular option.
In addition, most modules have a Set Task at the end of each lesson placed before the assignment. This is an opportunity to undertake practical work to help you acquire knowledge and skills and practical experience. This ADL feature is an added bonus not found at most online schools. Set Tasks are not required for assessment.
Some courses also have optional Self-Tests which are available on our online learning platform. These are not available by correspondence or by USB, and do not form part of your overall grade.
How our courses work
- Choose Your Learning Method
You choose how you would like to receive your course material, i.e., Online, USB or Correspondence. The choice is yours. You may also work on online or offline.
- Tutor Allocation
Every student is assigned their own dedicated tutor who is an expert in their subject area. They provide as much or as little individual contact as you require. You can contact your tutor whenever you need – your hours are not limited.
- Feedback and Assignments
Tutor Feedback is an essential component in helping you understand the subject matter. Tutor feedback is given in the form of notes written on the assignment. We encourage you to contact your Tutor where help with clarification and understanding of course material may be required.
Your assignments are located at the end of each lesson. You submit them for marking whenever you are ready. There is no time limit.
- Set Tasks and Self-Tests
Most modules have a Set Task at the end of each lesson before for the assignment. This is where you get the opportunity to undertake practical work to help you acquire knowledge, skills and practical experience. Many modules also have short Self-Tests.
Once all assignments have been completed you may then elect to sit for a one and half hour exam in your own location. If you prefer not to take the exam you do have the option to undertake a project instead.
Once the exam or project part of the course is completed, your Certificate is then processed. Please allow approximately 4 weeks for this.
- Design Your Own Qualification
ADL offers students the flexibility to self-design their own qualification – bundling together a combination of 100-hour modules into a qualification higher than a certificate.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Due to our years of experience and wide range of online courses, here are a list of our FAQs and Answers asked by Students.
Q. Do I need to buy text books?
A. No, you are not required to purchase expensive text books for any of our courses, since each module has been written by highly qualified tutors and writers, and our courses are updated on a regular basis, adding new information, methods and knowledge. You are supplied with all “essential” references. Extra books are always useful though, especially for special projects. Tutors will advise you what to buy if you decide you would like to have extra reading material, but it is not essential. Check out our eBookstore if you’re looking for a starting point.
Q. What sets the Academy apart from other institutions?
A. A unique feature of our courses is that we combine knowledge of the subject matter with practical tasks (set tasks, found at the end of each lesson). So you get to do practical components in each lesson. The benefits of this approach are immense: – your skills and knowledge are developed to a much higher level not normally found at other distance learning institutions.
Q. How do the practical exercises (set tasks) work?
A. The practical component of each lesson can be in the form of : Field Research, Networking and Analysis, Conducting Surveys, Growing, Collecting, Photographing and Processes.
Q. Can I pay by instalments?
A. Yes, you can view all available payment options here.
Q. Are there any hidden costs?
A. There are no hidden extras – the tuition fee covers all course material, unlimited tutor support, assignment marking/feedback and any text books where specified and exams. The only extras are for the public examinations fees for the ICB Bookkeeping course and the RHS (Royal Horticulture Society) exams.
Q. Are your courses up-to date?
A. Our courses are continually updated. The course content is rapidly updated and improved without the red tape and bureaucracy experienced at other educational institutions.
Q. Do you have a Cancellation policy?
A. We have a cancellation policy that is fair and equitable. For further details please click here.
Q. What Recognition do you have?
A. The Academy for Distance Learning has various forms of recognition:
These include TQUK (Training Qualifications UK) – an Ofqual Awarding Organisation – ADL is an approved TQUK Centre.
IARC – International Approval Registration Centre, approved member. Accredited Training Provider for ICB (Institute of Certified Bookkeepers) and Approved Distance Learning Provider for the RHS (Royal Horticultural Society) and many more. Our graduates come from many parts of the world and have used our qualifications for successful employment and progression onto higher education. To view our full list of recognition and memberships please click here,
Q. Will I have any opportunity to engage with other students?
A. We have a Student Community group based on facebook! If you don’t have a facebook account already, you could make one just for talking with fellow students on the group.
Q. Why should I enrol with the Academy for Distance Learning?
A. Here at the Academy our students are our priority – we treat every student as a unique individual. This philosophy allows us to nurture those who are “slow and steady” learners rather than letting them fall through the cracks, while catering for those who are in a hurry to complete.
Q. Can I study from anywhere in the world?
A. Our courses are available to anyone, anywhere in the world from the comfort of your own home. The course content is relevant to any country, culture or economy.
Q. Completing the course- how long will it take?
A. Completion of modules varies from student to student. Many factors come into play such as work commitments and family life- there are always distractions. Some students work quicker than others. For a 100 hour module many students will take up to 3- 6 months, others take less time and some are even longer. It’s all up to you. There is no pressure to complete or deadline to finish. Naturally, longer courses will take more time.
Q. What learning formats are there?
A. Your enrollment comes with the Online Classroom study option by default. For a small additional cost you also have the options of USB or Correspondence.
USB: Your course is sent to you on a USB stick, so that you can carry it in your pocket. Ideal for those with unreliable internet connections. This option is an additional £5/module
Correspondence: You download the course content and then print your own copy to your requirements. You can then bind the lessons to suit your needs.
Q. Assessment – how does it work?
A. For each 100 hour module you are assessed by assignments (at the end of each lesson) and a final one and a half hour exam (or you may elect to complete a project instead of sitting the exam) – the choice is yours – you sit for the exam in your own location, or you can visit us in Canterbury, England to sit the exam if want to. Exam fees are included in the tuition fee you paid. You can read more about the examination process here. At the end of each lesson, there is an assignment. You submit it to the academy who then submits it to the tutor for marking, comments and feedback. Our policy is to have a grade for you within 5 to 7 days.
Q. How many assignments do I need to complete for each module?
A. At the end of each lesson, there is an assignment – so if a course has say, 10 lessons there would be 10 assignments. The number of lessons per module varies from module to module. See the course content from our website for further details.
Q. When do I have to hand in my first assignment?
A. There is no deadline for handing in the first assignment. Submit when you are ready. There are some students who hand in assignments within the first couple of weeks of enrolment – while there are others who submit their work 6 months later. It’s all at your own convenience to suit you. Everyone has different work and home commitments and we cater to these needs.
Q. I am having difficulty attending workshops/industry meetings, what can be done?
A. If your course requires attendance at workshops, conferences, or industry meetings; alternative arrangements can be made in your country; however, there may be an additional expense. We can appoint an appropriately qualified person anywhere to work through curriculum documentation supplied by us, to satisfy the requirements set down in a course.
Q. What qualification will I receive?
A. For individual modules, you would receive a Certificate (providing you complete all assignments and the exam). If you just want to complete the assignments only, then a Letter of Achievement would be awarded. For more details on qualifications awarded please click here.
Q. Is there a next level to progress to?
A. Yes – you can progress from one module to a combination of many modules and to higher qualifications i.e. Advanced Certificates, Diplomas and Higher Advanced Diplomas. Read more about course levels here.
Q. Can I customize my diploma/higher qualification?
A. Not all educational institution’s certificates /diplomas meet everyone’s needs. The opportunity to design your own diploma at the Academy (subject to our approval) is an added bonus, not found at other colleges. It’s a very popular option and widely used by many students. You quite simply choose the appropriate number of related modules needed to complete the qualification and submit them to us for approval as a custom diploma.
Q. What do I get when I complete the course? Will I receive a transcript?
A. At the completion of a 100-hour Certificate course and providing all assignments and exam have been completed, you will receive a Certificate and Transcript. The Transcript will list your GPA. Each 100-hour module is worth 3 credit hours.
Q. Do I have to sit for an exam?
A. Exams are optional but need to be undertaken in order to receive the Certificate or higher qualification. Exams are one and a half hours long. You appoint an adjudicator (subject to our approval) to supervise the exam. You sit for the exam in your own location. Its that simple.
Q. I don’t cope well with exams – what can I do?
A. If you feel you don’t cope well with exams you may elect to undertake a Project (set by the tutor) instead of sitting the exam. Many students prefer this option as they find researching the material for the project sharpens their research skills.
Q. If I don’t sit for the Exam do I still get a qualification?
A. If you don’t sit for the exam but complete the project alternative, you will still receive your endorsed qualification. If you don’t sit for an exam or complete a final project, providing you have completed all the assignments you will be awarded a Certificate of Achievement.
Q. Do I have to sit for the exam at the Academy?
A. No – whilst you are more than welcome to come to our location in Canterbury, U.K. and sit the exam in our classroom; the more popular option is to sit for the exam in your own location. You appoint an adjudicator to supervise the exam. Click here for more information on that process.
Q. Our tutors – who are they?
A. We only employ tutors who have are currently active in their industry with at least 5 years of real-world experience. Not only are they highly qualified but also experienced, knowledgeable, and professional- experts in their chosen fields from all parts of the world.
Q. Can I contact my tutor at any time?
A. Yes- you have unlimited access to tutors. We strongly encourage students to develop a dialogue with their Tutor. This is why we encourage students to submit their first assignment fairly quickly at the beginning of the course.
Every Academy student is assigned a tutor who supports you throughout your course and beyond. Your tutor is there to guide and facilitate your learning and provides as much or as little individual contact as you would like. When you submit your coursework the tutor will give you feedback that helps you develop your ideas and provides motivation. For those who do like to have interaction with other students, the ADL discussion forum connects you to students from all over the world.
Q. How do I contact my tutor?
A. You have direct contact with your tutor by email through the Online Classroom. Alternatively, you can write, fax, email, or phone the academy. Leave a message if your tutor isn’t available and they will phone, write or fax back; whatever suits you.
Q. If I don’t understand a question or a lesson may I contact the tutor?
A. You may contact a tutor as often as you like. There is no additional charge or restriction on this service. Contact can be made via the Student Zone, email, or by phone.
Q. Practical work – How is this done?
A. To find out more about this part of the course please visit the section on How Our Courses Work here.
What your tuition fees include
- All Course Material via Online, USB or Correspondence
- Assignments Marked
- Professional Tutor Feedback
- Set Tasks - Practical Exercises to help you develop skills
- Self-Tests – multiple choice questions at the end of lessons in most modules
- Unlimited Personal Tutor Support – via our student classroom
- Committed and Friendly Admin Support – vital to your success
- ADL Ebook where relevant
- All ADL Exam or Project fees (exception RHS exams)
- Qualification Certificate
- Official Transcript with assignment grades
- Student Manual
- Academic Writing course (optional - 10 hours only)
- Critical Thinking course (optional - 10 hours only)
- Job Seekers Careers Guide
- Study Tips on How To Study Better
- Career Counselling by ADL Staff
- CV Writing Help, Tips and Advice
There are no hidden extras
FAQ - RHS Theory Qualifications
If you require further details about any of the RHS industry recognised qualifications please, call one of our friendly RHS Course Advisors on +44 (0)1227 789 649 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Q: When can I Enrol/Start My RHS Course With ADL?
A: Anytime, Anywhere. There are no enrolment deadlines.
Q: I live Overseas. Can I Study From Overseas?
A: You can study any of the RHS theory qualifications overseas. All courses are offered in English. You will need to email RHS Qualifications direct to arrange sitting for your examination overseas.
Q: Is There a Time Limit for Completing an RHS Qualification?
A: At present there are no time limits. However, RHS is contemplating in the future, the introduction of course time-lines.
Q: Are There Any Entry Requirements (Pre-Requisites)?
A: The RHS Theory courses do not require prerequisites, previous experience or any knowledge of horticulture. You just need passion for all things horticulture.
Q: What Course Should I Start With First? I Am New To RHS Qualifications.
A: We highly recommend that you start with Level 2 – Principles of Garden Planning, Establishment and Maintenance.
Q: What Does ADL Course Material Include?
A: Includes Power Point Presentations, Videos and written course lessons.
Q: When Do Exams Take Place?
A: Exams are held on fixed dates in February and June of each year. You should register as a candidate at least 3 months before these dates, so please do not leave exam registration to the last minute
Q: Where Do I Take My Exams?
A: UK: You take the exams at the RHS Wisley Centre, located between Cobham and Ripley in Surrey or at other authorised RHS centres around the UK.
Overseas: please email RHS qualifications direct for centre information.
Q: Exam Pass Marks?
A: Module – pass 50%. Commendation 70%.
Qualification: 50% pass for all modules.
Commendation awarded for all modules.
Each question carries a value of 10 marks.
Q: I’m Not Happy With My Exam Results?
A: You have the opportunity to re-sit your exam at the next opportunity.
There are no restrictions on the number of re-sits you can take. The highest mark you achieve will remain.,