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RHS Level 3 Certificate Courses of Both L3 Programmes

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( sarah, 04/08/2015 ) Q:

hello, is there a time limit from starting to complete the qualification? Thanks, Sarah

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Hi Sarah,

there is no time limit for completing this course, or for completing individual assignments. The learning is totally self-paced so that that you can work on your assignments 
as and when you have the time. 

( Tony, 18/02/2014 ) Q: Hello, Do you have any testing facilities in Dubai? and at what extra cost will i have for the exams? Regards, Tony
( 18/02/2014 ) A: Hello Tony, The RHS exams can be taken remotely anywhere in the world, though the way they do this through the RHS is changing from 2015 onwards. All extra costs incurred are paid directly to the RHS when you apply to take your exam.

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RHS Level 3 Certificate Courses of Both L3 Programmes

RHS Level 3 Package course online. Start your career in Horticulture with this RHS 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 qualifications@rhs.org.uk 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.

RHS Level 3 Certificate in the Principles of Garden Planning, Construction and Planting (Theory)

  1. Garden Survey Techniques and Design Principles
  2. Selection and Use of Landscaping Elements in the Garden
  3. Setting out and Construction of Landscaping Elements in the Garden
  4. Specialist Elements in the Establishment of Garden and Urban Plantings

RHS Level 3 Certificate in the Principles of Plant Growth, Health and Applied Propagation (Theory)

  1. Plant Taxonomy, Structure and Function
  2. The Root Environment, Plant Nutrition and Growing Systems
  3. The Management of Plant Health
  4. Understanding Applied Plant Propagation

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.

Course Duration:

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.

Learning Materials:

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. You can also choose to have the course posted to you on a USB memory stick and/or opt for the correspondence add-on option, if you would like the learning materials in book form.


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 qualifications@rhs.org.uk 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

Key Facts:

    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 or set practical activities
    Examinations take place in February and June
    Practical courses provide hands-on experience of practical skills
    No entry requirements
    Qualification consists of mandatory units (for theoretical and practical-based qualifications) with some optional units to develop specialist practical skills

Important Links:

  • 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

Previous Student Comments:

'Thanks a lot for your help. I'd like to say that I'm very pleased and feel that I made the right choice in choosing ADL. I have found your customer service to be excellent, friendly and professional. The course I have started is also extremely well written and is very effective at 'committing' the lessons to memory. So once again many thanks to yourself and your team!'  Michael Allen - RHS Combined Package


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 quality of this course is second to none, from the in-depth learning you will get to the expert individual mentoring you will receive throughout your studies. The mentors for this course are: 
Susan Stephenson
BSc in Applied Plant Biology (Botany) Univ. London 1983.
City and guilds: Garden Centre Management, Management and Interior Decor (1984)
Management qualifications in training with retail store. Diploma in Hort level 2 (RHS General) Distinction. 
Susan Stephenson is a passionate and experienced horticulturist and garden designer. She has authored three books, lectures at 2 Further and Higher Education Colleges, teaching people of all ages and backgrounds about the wonders of plants and garden design, and tutors many students by correspondence from all over the world.
Susan studied botany at Royal Holloway College (Univ of London) and worked in the trading industry before returning to her first love plants and garden design. She is therefore, well placed to combine business knowledge with horticulture and design skills. Her experience is wide and varied and she has designed gardens for families and individuals. Susan is a mentor for garden designers who are just starting out, offering her support and advice and she also writes, delivers and assesses courses for colleges, introducing and encouraging people into horticulture and garden design.
In 2010, Susan authored a complete module for a Foundation degree (FDSC) in Arboriculture.
Susan holds the RHS General with Distinction. She continues to actively learn about horticulture and plants and (as her students will tell you) remains passionate and interested in design and horticulture.
Steven Whitaker
Diploma in Garden Design (Distinction) – The Blackford Centre, Gold Certificate of Achievement in Horticulture, Level 2 NVQ in Amenity Horticulture, Level 1 NOCN Introduction to Gardening, – Joseph Priestly College, BTEC Diploma in Hotel, Catering and Institutional Operations (Merit), Trainer Skills 1, & 2, Group trainer, Interview and Selection Skills – Kirby College of Further Education
Steven has a wealth of Horticultural knowledge, having ran his own Design and Build service, Landscaping company, and been a Head Gardener. His awards include five Gold awards at Leeds in Bloom, two Gold awards at Yorkshire in Bloom and The Yorkshire Rose Award for Permanent Landscaping. Steven has worked with TV’s Phil Spencer as his garden advisor on the Channel 4 TV Programme, “Secret Agent”. 
He is qualified to Level 2 NVQ in Amenity Horticulture and has a Diploma in Garden Design which he passed with Distinction. Steven’s Tutor and Mentor was the Chelsea Flower Show Gold Award-winning Garden Designer, Tracy Foster. He also works for a major Horticultural Commercial Grower in the field of Propagation and Craft Gardening. Steven lives in Leeds where he is a Freelance Garden Designer and Garden Advice Consultant. 

Course Info
How Do Our Tuition Fees Compare?Full time classroom based Further Education Courses - Approx. £5,000 per year - Part-time classroom based Adult Education Courses - Approx. £7.00 per hour - N.B. classroom tuition means you learn at the pace of the class. One-to-one private tuition - from £15.00 per hour - ADL one-to-one tution fees - From £340 per 100 Hour Course = Average of £3.40 per hour - N.B. one-to-one tuition is tailored to your own individual learning availability and pace.
Course StartBegin your learning at any time.
Course Prerequisite Level 2 Garden Planning and Level 2 Plant Growth are both advised, as level 3 will assume you have knowledge from level 2.
Course Qualification (Study Option A)Recognised qualification from the RHS. N.B. Course fee does not include exam fees.
Course Qualification (Study Option B)
Comparative Credits InformationUK Course Credits: 30 - Regulated Qualification.
Course Duration and DeadlinesCourse hours given are a guide only. You will be encouraged to work at your own pace to learn as much as you can, with no assignment deadlines or end date by which you must complete your course by. You are in control!
Study SupportPersonal tutor/mentor support from industry relevant professionals throughout your whole course. Mentors are contactable by e-mail, telephone and through the Moodle online classroom. They provide assistance with your course material, plus discuss, explain and give advice when needed. They will also mark and grade your assignments, plus provide constructive and helpful feedback vital to your success.
Suitability for Self Employment and Small BusinessesOur courses are ideal for sole traders and small business owners and their staff. Customer confidence in what you can do will determine how successful you are in getting clients. Doing the job right using the correct knowledge and skills, leads to repeat business and referrals to friends, family and work colleagues. Completing one or more of our courses for the service you have to offer, will give you the tools to achieve this and grow your business.
Recognition of Your Course By EmployersWe aim to achieve the correct balance between your qualification being recognised and providing you with the in-depth learning, to empower you to succeed. If you can demonstrate that you have the level of knowledge and transferable skills necessary to an employer, you should stand out from someone who has only received a superficial understanding of what's required - Your qualification is recognised in its own right on the Ofqual Register
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How Can I Enrol?Online by selecting your study option, learning materials, plus payment option and then clicking the Enrol Now button - By contacting us for an application form - By telephoning us on 01227 789 649 (International: 0044 1227 789 649). Lines open 9am till 5pm Monday to Friday, excluding Bank Holidays and between Christmas and New Year.
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“I am delighted to report that I passed the exam and received a “Pass with Commendation”. I appreciate very much the detail that you went into, in the correction of my assignments  and I found your advice and extra subject information  invaluable in advancing my interest and knowledge in horticulture”.   Go raibh mile maith agat! (a thousand thanks!) Colin, RHS Cert II, Ireland

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