Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) qualifications

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Horticulture plays an important role in society – as a key part of the food chain, it helps to produce the healthy fruit and vegetables we all need in our diets, while beautiful displays everywhere, from high streets to country estates, help to provide environmental and artistic benefits, creating more attractive and harmonious public spaces.

Whether you’re looking to develop a new or existing career in horticulture, or even if you just want to explore gardening as a hobby, a part-time Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) qualification at Shuttleworth College could really help your passion for plants flourish.

And by choosing to study with us you’ll benefit from…


  • RHS accreditation to ensure you learn the latest industry knowledge to recognised standards
  • Fantastic facilities including gardens, glasshouses and over 500 acres of beautiful parkland to develop your practical skills
  • Classes built around your busy lifestyle with part-time morning, day and evening courses available

RHS Approved Centre

Get the RHS stamp of approval…

As Bedfordshire’s only Royal Horticultural Society-approved training centre, Shuttleworth College offers qualifications that are accredited by one of the world’s leading horticultural organisations, so you can achieve the recognised industry standards you need to progress in your career, or develop the latest practical skills and knowledge of plants to apply at home.


What our students say

Anna Howgego“Studying at Shuttleworth has been pretty life-changing for me – I went from gaining a degree in traditional Chinese medicine to working with plants at one of Britain's largest historical gardens!

“The skills I’m learning are benefiting my work and I put them into practice every day, both the theory and practical – jobs such as propagation where we use cuttings of older plants to create new ones, as well as protecting plants from pests and diseases in our glasshouse.”

Anna Howgego, apprentice gardener at English Heritage’s Wrest Park estate, studied:


Courses on offer…

From introductions to the essential principles of gardening, to advanced study of the propagation and health of plants, there’s a course to suit you…

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