RHS level 2 combined practical & theory

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    Steve86 Apprentice Gardener

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    Hi all,

    Over the last few years I have found myself gravitating towards becoming more and more interested in horticulture. I have now enrolled to study RHS Level 2 in Practical Horticulture at college on Saturday mornings from September. I will doing this whilst working Monday to Friday. Whilst I would consider myself a novice in the grand scheme, I do have basic knowledge of plant care and propagation and have my own garden where I grow small amounts of veg and plants.

    I am thinking of enrolling to do the theory as well, so my question is does anyone have any experience of doing the practical course alongside the theory modules in the same year? Is this this too much to ask from myself as a novice? I work office hours and don’t have any childcare responsibilities and feel like I would be committed to the home study.

    Interested to hear your thoughts or experience.



    Thanks in advance,

    Steve
     
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      "Choose a job you love and you'll never have to work a day in your life" If you really want to do it I think you will be able to do it, and that's from someone who has a lot of "I wishes", when I was at school (we still used slates and chalk then :heehee:) gardening was only given to lower grade pupils, that was how it was viewed then, I imagine there are an awful lot of people on here who would love to garden for a living, if you have the drive and opportunity go for it.
       
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        Hi @Steve86 I would suggest asking the tutors at the college to tell you APPROXIMATELY how many hours per week they course should take in terms of directed study, practical work etc. They are surely the ones who know if it is realistic to try it. After all, they don't want people failing just because they can't put in the required hours.
         
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          Hi @Steve86 is that the course at shuttleworth college?

          I am just looking to book on to the thursday afternoon practical level 2 course and also interested to know if others have done the course and what they think of it.

          Over the last few years I have become totally obsessed with it. After my trip to Chelsea Physic Garden on Friday I’ve decided I am going to study it.
           
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          Sad how times have changed. At one time there were so many study courses available. Correspondence courses, adult further education etc etc, part time tuition. Then when it was considered the right time arrangements would be made for you to attend and take the test. Now there is much talk of bettering oneself but the means to do so appear to have vanished in many cases.
          I sincerely offer my best wishes to all who take up the challenge.
           
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          Hi Snorky,

          Nope it’s the course at Abingdon College in Oxford, they do a Saturday morning course thy fits with my work hours better then evening courses. Good luck if you have enrolled as well
           
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            Thanks @Steve86 Have they mentioned what books/study guides to read for the theory side of it? I an going to do practical first then theory and was wanting a head start of the theory side.
             
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