RHS Level 2 Certificate
Year 1 Week 1
Student information sheets – please
complete and return next week
Personal Learning Plan – what is it and how
is it used?
Fire drill and fire exits
Welcome to the Course
Vikki Sargent – tutor
Course covers 2 years
Equivalent to a GCSE but much broader in scope
Teaching methods – some talking from me, student
discussion, group exercises and some practical
exercises. Supplemented by the on-line Moodle site
for more information, student discussion forum and
self marking quizzes.
Summer exam dates: 25th
What’s in this year
Plant names and taxonomy
Basic plant botany and physiology
Environmental and safety issues in
Outdoor food production – vegetables and
Introduction to garden planning and design
Speed dating – talk to as many people
as possible and ask the questions on
Demonstrate a knowledge of the classification
and taxonomic hierarchy of seed bearing plants
State the major divisions found in the plant
Identify the basic differences between
gymnosperms and angiosperms.
Describe differences between the
monocotyledon and dicotyledon divisions of the
angiosperms, including the external features of
root type, leaf shape and venation, and internal
differences in the distribution of vascular
Plant classification – why?
Need a common ‘language’ and structure to
enable clear discussion and identification.
Classification is based on physical structure
Understanding classification allows
identification of plants and prediction of
various characteristics, including whether
cross breeding is possible.
Main divisions of plant family
Seed producing plants are the focus of this
course (Superdivision: spermatophyta);
ferns, mosses and horsetails have their own
divisions (fungi and algae are not in the plant
family at all).
Spermatophyta is divided into two Phyla
(singular: Phylum): Coniferophyta (all
conifers) and Angiospermophyta (all other
seed producing flowering plants).
Gymnosperms and angiosperms
Flowers; seed in ovary Cones; naked seed
Many insect pollinated Usually wind pollinated
Evergreen or deciduous Mostly evergreen
All life cycles and habitats Mostly perennial shrubs or
trees; often dry habitats.
Xylem vessels Xylem tracheids
Monocotyledons and dicotyledons
A ‘cotyledon’ is a seed leaf; the first leaf produced by
a plant. Monocots have one seed leaf, dicots have
Dicots have broad leaves with veins in a network,
branching roots, regular arrangements of vascular
tissue and are insect pollinated.
Monocots have narrow leaves with parallel veins,
fibrous roots that grow from a single root plate,
scattered vascular bundles and are usually (not
always) wind pollinated.
Demonstrate a knowledge of the classification and
taxonomic hierarchy of seed bearing plants
State the major divisions found in the plant kingdom.
Identify the basic differences between gymnosperms
Describe differences between the monocotyledon
and dicotyledon divisions of the angiosperms,
including the external features of root type, leaf
shape and venation, and internal differences in the
distribution of vascular bundles.
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