Level 3 RHS – Plant Growth, Health and Applied Propagation

Level 3 Certificate in the Principles of Plant Growth, Health and Applied Propagation

aspects of the domestic garden

This Level 3 RHS horticulture course expands and builds upon the applied sciences and knowledge of processes gained at Level 2 within the Principles of Horticulture course.

Key facts

  • Start date: Monday 13th September 2021
  • Duration: The course is studied every Monday from 1:45pm - 4:30pm.
  • Location: Brooksby
  • Fees: Course fee - £450 (VAT exempt)
    £100 non refundable deposit
    Optional Exam fee - £108

Your future

This Level 3 RHS horticulture course is suitable for those who are looking to progress into employment or self employment within horticulture. It would also be beneficial for keen gardeners.

Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements but it is advised that you would have already completed the Level 2 Certificate in the Principles of Horticulture, or have a GCSE in English and/or Science grade A-C. A short telephone interview may be carried out.


  • Plant taxonomy, structure and function
  • Management of plant health
  • Root environment, nutrition and growing systems
  • Applied plant propagation


Units include:

  • Classification of the major divisions of the plant kingdom
  • Specialist plant tissues, detailed flower structure
  • Process of photosynthesis and respiration
  • Movement of water and solutes throughout the plant
  • Tropisms and the use of plant hormones
  • UK soil types, growing media, nutrition and growing organically
  • Plant protection against pests disorders and diseases
  • Examples of integrated control
  • Plant health passports
  • Legislation covering safe use, handling and disposal of pesticides
  • Understanding the anatomy, physiology and environmental factors influencing successful seed and
  • Vegetative propagation

What will you gain?

  • An extensive knowledge of horticulture practices
  • Be able to plan and design a variety of gardens
  • Be able to identify a range of plants
  • A recognised Royal Horticultural Society qualification

Royal Horticultural Society Courses at BMC

The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) has a long history dating back to 1804, it was founded originally under the name of the Horticultural Society of London by Sir Joseph Banks and John Wedgewood, the main aim of the society was to collect information about plants and encourage good horticultural practice.

The Royal Horticultural Society has active science and educational departments and offers a variety of educational opportunities, from lectures on specific topics and courses leading right through to the Master of Horticulture qualification.

BMC has been involved with the society programmes for many years. The qualifications are aimed at those people who not only wish to pursue a career in horticulture, but also for those leisure gardeners who wish to have their knowledge formally assessed.

For more information about RHS courses at SMB, click here.

How to apply?

Once you are ready to apply, please print off then complete and return the application form which can be found here

Click here to read the Short Course Booking Procedures.