Get a great start in garden design – learning the artistic, theoretical and practical aspects
This course is ideal for those who want to study the fundamentals of garden design. It combines theoretical design aspects with plant knowledge and landscape construction skills – so you can translate your creative ideas into practical, workable designs. As well as design principles and styles, you will also learn about basic surveying, how to draw plans, ‘soft’ landscaping, which focuses on the choice and use of plants, and ‘hard’ landscaping such as laying paving and building garden structures. On completion you will have the skills to design a new garden for yourself or friends, or restore an existing garden. You will also have a great basis for further training or to pursue garden design as a professional career.
Your first set of course materials will be sent to you when you enrol. You can start as soon as you want and progress through the course at your own pace, studying when and where you choose.
This flexibility makes it easy to fit learning around work and family commitments.
The extensive course materials have been developed by garden design and horticultural experts and are clear and straightforward, so your studying is easy and enjoyable. As you complete each lesson, your tutor will promptly return your marked assignment with constructive feedback and guidance. (You can also contact your tutor or the support team for help at any point during your studies.)
The course includes all the required study materials.
There is no formal examination. On successful completion you will be awarded an HCC Certificate. You have 2 years to complete the course.
We are proud of our friendly, caring ethos and aim to do all we can to help you succeed.
Our tutors are all experienced, highly qualified and passionate about sharing their love of their subject. You can phone or email your tutor throughout the course – to ask questions, for advice, encouragement or to draw on their wealth of knowledge.
You can also contact the support team who are here to help you Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm.
All learners are eligible for an NUS Extra card.
If needed you have 2 years to complete the course. Many students are able to complete this course in approximately 6-12 months*.
*Timescales are approximate and depend upon application and motivation.
There are no exams. On successful completion of this course you will receive an HCC Certificate*, graded to show the standard you have reached. The HCC’s reputation means this can be highly regarded on a CV and, combined with your portfolio of coursework, is evidence of your achievements (whether you are applying for a job or a more advanced study course).
* The HCC Certificate will be issued once you have successfully completed your course and finished your course payments.
RHS Level 3 Certificate in the Principles of Plant Growth, Health and Applied Propagation
RHS Level 3 Certificate in the Principles of Garden Planning, Construction and Planting
Garden Landscape and Design Drawing (G. L. A. D. D.)
You do not need previous gardening or garden design knowledge or experience to enrol on this course.
There are two ways you can enrol on this course. You can:
To enrol by phone, please call us on Freephone 0800 083 9191 or 01409 220 777.