Exam Board

Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) or Edexcel pending RHS validation.

Type of Qualification

RHS Level 1 Award in Practical Horticulture (or GCSE)

Areas of Study

  • Preparing soil for sowing and planting.
  • Soil testing.
  • Assist with the propagation of plants from seed.
  • Assist with the vegetative propagation of plants.
  • Assist with planting and establishing plants.
  • Identification of a range of common garden plants, weeds pests and diseases.


Assessment is by means of a range of practical activities timetabled and assessed based on the RHS success criteria.

Further study and Career opportunities

The RHS Level 1 Award in Practical Horticulture qualification has been approved within the Qualifications and Credit Framework. As part of the Foundation Learning tier this qualification provides a new and flexible learning programme for young people working at level 1. It helps learners develop their horticultural potential and prepares them to progress towards level 2 qualifications offered by RHS Qualifications and other awarding organisations.


The horticultural industry is one of the largest employers in the UK. A career in horticulture could mean anything from a hands-on gardener to a research scientist. There are many, many opportunities out there.

  • Green-keeper
  • Gardener - Horticulturalist
  • Aboriculturist
  • Florist
  • Environmental scientist
  • Horticultural journalist
  • Vegetable grower
  • Garden Centre Manager
  • Landscape Contractor
  • Landscape Architect
  • Park Ranger
  • Plant Breeder
  • Soil Scientist