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RHS Principles of Plant Growth, Health & Applied Propagation
RHS Level 3 Certificate in the Principles of Plant Growth, Health and Applied Propagation (Theory)
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To obtain the RHS Level 3 Certificate in the Principles of Plant Growth, Health and Applied Propagation, you will need to pass four unit exams.
These are held by the RHS in February and June every year and you should be aware that there are deadline dates by which you need to apply to take them and that the fees are paid separately.
Students should register as an external candidate with an RHS Approved Centre to take exams or contact: [email protected] for details. To help fully prepare you for the exams, there are past test papers readily available.
The four unit exams are:
- Plant Taxonomy, Structure and Function
- The Root Environment, Plant Nutrition and Growing Systems
- The Management of Plant Health
- Understanding Applied Plant Propagation
As of 1st September, 2022 ADL is required to register you as an RHS candidate and to book the first of your Unit Exams for your course within 30 days of application.
Up until this date, the student was able to be in control of their own registrations and exam bookings. It does appear they closed the candidate portal a day or two early without notice to centres which are troublesome!
Your course fee does not cover the RHS registration, nor the exam fees so ADL will require these separately.
You will need to Pay for your Unit exams individually to ADL at the time of booking like you would if you were applying yourself directly. (therefore you can opt to book 2 Unit exams in February 2023 and pay for those, then come back to us for the remaining 2 Units for June 2023).
To be assured, ADL is not charging any of our students an ADL Admin fee for this, however, the RHS and other centres do have their own Administration fees still.
THE BELOW FEES ARE PAYABLE SEPARATELY FROM THE COURSE FEE!
RHS ONE-OFF STUDENT REGISTRATION FEE = £20.00
For those that wish to book an ONLINE UNIT EXAM the fees to pay ADL are:
RHS Level 2 Fee = Exam £28.00 + Plus £30.00 Administration fee per day
RHS Level 3 Fee = Exam £38.00 + Plus £30.00 Administration fee per day
If you choose to sit exams in a Centre the fees to pay ADL are:
RHS Level 2 Exam Fee = £19.00 + PLUS whatever THAT Centres Daily Administration Fee is. Centres vary from price to price
RHS Level 3 Exam Fee = £29.00 + PLUS whatever THAT Centres Daily Administration Fee is. Centres vary from price to price
UNIT 1 – PLANT TAXONOMY, STRUCTURE and FUNCTION
Outcome 1: Understand the Plant Kingdon & the Taxonomic Hierachy
- 1.1 Describe the major groups of the Plant Kingdom
- 1.2 Describe features of plant classification and nomenclature relevant to horticulture
Outcome 2: Understand the Structure and Function of Plant Tissues and Organs in the Life of the Plant
- 2.1 Identify a range of plant tissues and describe their structure and function
- 2.2 Identify and describe types of inflorescence
- 2.3 Describe plant adaptations for pollination
- 2.4 Describe fertilisation and the structure of fruits
Outcome 3: Understand Photosynthesis, Respiration, Water/solute Relations in the Plant and their Relevance to Horticulture
- 3.1 Describe the process of photosynthesis
- 3.2 Explain how the rate of photosynthesis can be manipulated
- 3.3 Describe the processes of respiration
- 3.4 Explain the movement of water and solutes through the plant
- 3.5 Explain the inter-relationships between photosynthesis, respiration and transpiration and describe their control in horticultural situations
- 3.6 Explain how plants are adapted to different habitats
Outcome 4: Understand the role of Plant Growth Regulators in Plant Development and their Relevance to Horticulture
- 4.1 Describe the properties and key effects of endogenous plant growth regulators (PGRs) and their interactions
- 4.2 Describe the use of synthetic PGRs in horticultural situations
- 4.3 Describe tropic plant movements
- 4.4 Describe how flowering is controlled in plants
UNIT 2 – THE ROOT ENVIRONMENT, PLANT NUTRITION AND GROWING SYSTEMS
Outcome 1: Understand Formation and Properties of Soils and other growing media
- 1.1 Explain the process of soil formation and development
- 1.2 Review the properties of soil organic matter, colloids, and mineral components
- 1.3 Compare a range of soil structures and describe their effects on plant growth and soil management
- 1.4 Compare the physical and chemical properties of a range of substrates and constituents used for growing media
Outcome 2: Understand the relationship between plant growth and air and water in soils and other growing media
- 2.1 Describe the relationship between air and water content in the pore space of soils and growing media and how this influences their management
Outcome 3: Understand the Role of Living Organisms in Soil Processes
- 3.1 Summarise the biological activity that takes place in soils during the production of humus from organic matter
- 3.2 Describe the carbon and nitrogen cycles and summarise the role of nitrogen-fixing organisms
- 3.3 Compare the roles of the rhizosphere and mycorrhizae in aiding healthy plant growth and treatment of root zones with added mycorrhizae
Outcome 4: Understand the role of nutrients in plant growth
- 4.1 Explain how specific nutrients affect plant growth
- 4.2 Explain how various factors affect the availability of plant nutrients in soils and growing media
Outcome 5: Understand organic growing
- 5.1 Describe how organic status is certified in the UK
- 5.2 Discuss the benefits and limitations of certified organic status for growers
- 5.3 Identify management techniques available to the organic grower
UNIT 3 – THE MANAGEMENT OF PLANT HEALTH
Outcome 1: Know the characteristics of a range of pests, diseases and weeds of horticultural significance
- 1.1 Describe symptoms and damage caused by a range of pests, diseases and weeds in specific horticultural situations
- 1.2 Describe the life-cycles of a range of plant pests and diseases
- 1.3 Describe the biology of a range of weeds
Outcome 2: Review the Control of Pests, Diseases and Weeds in Horticulture
- 2.1 State a range of appropriate methods for control of pests, diseases and weeds
- 2.2 Explain how pests and diseases develop resistance to chemical control
- 2.3 Review the requirements for the safe use of chemicals used for plant protection
- 2.4 Describe how biosecurity measures, are intended to prevent the distribution of pests, diseases and weeds
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
- 1.1 Explain the function of anatomical features in germinating seeds
- 1.2 Describe the physiological and environmental factors in seed dormancy
- 1.3 Describe methods used to overcome dormancy
- 1.4 Describe methods of seed treatments, preparation and sowing used to enhance germination
- 1.5 Describe the significance of seed conservation and propagation for planting
- 1.6 Describe the maintenance of stock plants used for the commercial production of stem cuttings
Outcome 2: Understand the Relevance of Anatomy, Physiology and Environmental Factors to Methods of Vegetative Propagation
- 2.1 Describe how plant anatomy and plant physiology are relevant to vegetative propagation
- 2.2 Describe the preparation of a range of propagules
- 2.3 Describe the propagation of plants by micro-propagation
Outcome 3: Understand Methods of Propagation used in Horticultural Production
- 3.1 Describe a range of propagation facilities
- 3.2 Describe the production of a range of plants in the horticultural industry
To view the Learning Goals for this course, please view the Unit Outcomes as listed on the Lesson Content page.
The syllabus is broken into the four units and because many people choose to spread their exams over the two examination months – February and June, it makes the workload easier.
Please contact us if you prefer to take one unit at a time.
Everyone has access to the online course material via ADL’s learning platform. Learning materials can be downloaded in a pdf. format in order study offline and to also print-off as your own printed copy.
You also have the option to receive your course material on a USB stick.
Practical (Set Tasks)
Important RHS Syllabus/exam changes for 2021 and 2022 – click here to see more information
- 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 at RHS designated centres
- No entry requirements
- Qualification consists of four mandatory units
Important RHS Links: RHS Website – please click here The information listed below can be found on the RHS Qualifications FAQ’s page.
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Assessment for RHS courses is based upon completing and passing the 4 Unit RHS Exams for each Level 3 certificate.
Although there are assignments to complete for many of the units, the grades awarded do not count towards the final examination. Tutors provide feedback – an essential element in the learning process.
Course material includes Power Point Presentations, Videos and written course material.
Past exams papers are available for free from RHS.
How our courses work
Choose Your Learning Method
You choose how you would like to receive your course material, i.e., Online, or USB. The choice is yours. You may also work on online or offline.
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. We encourage you to contact your Tutor where help with clarification and understanding of course material may be required.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Here is a list of the most often asked FAQ’s.
Q. Why should I enrol with the Academy for Distance Learning?
A. Here at ADL, our students are our priority – we treat everyone as a unique individual.
Q. Do I need to buy text books?
A. No, as each module has been written by highly qualified industry professionals. The content of the material is presented in such a way that text books are not required. However, if you require additional reading your tutor will be able to supply a list.
Q. What happens if I have to stop studying for a while? (eg. become sick, go on holidays, have a baby, move house, etc)
A. It’s OK to take a break and start up your study at a later point in time. Just let us know.
Q. Is there an age limit?
A. There is no maximum age limit. We do however, have a minimum age limit of 18 years. Below that age parental consent would be required.
Q. Are your courses up-to date?
A. Our courses are revised and updated on a rotation system.
Q. Do you have a Cancellation policy?
A. Yes. We have a cancellation policy that is fair and equitable. For further details 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. When can I enrol/start?
A. You may enrol and start at any time of the year – it’s all self- paced.
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. How long do I have to complete the course?
A. You complete the course at any time that is convenient for you.
Q. Completing a 100 hour module – how long will it take?
A. For some students a 100 hour module will take approximately to 3- 6 months to complete. Others take less time and some even longer.
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.
Q. I don’t cope well with exams – what can I do?
A. You may elect to undertake a Project (set by your tutor) instead of sitting the exam. Projects are completed from your home and can usually take a couple of weeks to complete.
Q. If my assignment is not up to standard is there an opportunity to resubmit my work?
A. Yes –
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.
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.
Q. What qualification will I receive?
A. For individual modules, you would be awarded a Certificate endorsed by TQUK (Training Qualifications, UK), providing you complete all assignments and the exam. If you just want to complete only the assignments and not sit for the exam or finish a Project, then a Letter of Achievement would be awarded. For more details on qualifications available please click 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. You choose modules that you think will help you in achieving your goal.
Q. What do I get when I complete the course? Will I receive a transcript?
A. At the completion of all courses and providing all assignments and exam requirements have been met, you will receive your Award and a Transcript.
Q. Our tutors – who are they?
A. We appoint Tutors and require that they must be currently active in their industry, with at least 5 years’ experience in their chosen profession.
Q. Can I contact my tutor at any time?
A. Yes – you have unlimited access to your tutor via email through our Online Classroom. You can always leave a message with ADL requesting your tutor to contact you. You decide on how much or how little contact you wish to have.
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:
- Learning Materials for both the RHS Level 2 and Level 3 courses
- RHS Student Membership for the first 12 months
- RHS Past Exam Papers
- All Course Material via Online or USB
- Outcomes Marked
- Suggested Reading List
- Professional Tutor Feedback
- Unlimited Personal Tutor Support – via our student classroom
- Committed and Friendly Admin Support – vital to your success
- An ADL Official Transcript upon completion of course work
- RHS Membership for the First 12 months
- 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
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