You can do it – here’s how
Make a career doing something you love! This complete career pathway is suitable for beginners and will equip you with the knowledge, practical skills and industry-recognised qualifications to become a professional garden designer. You will learn a comprehensive range of topics – from the selection and maintenance of garden plants to garden design styles, survey techniques, and hard and soft landscaping. On completion you could work in private gardens or public spaces, employed by a company or running your own business.
This pathway consists of two parts:
Your first set of study materials will be sent to you when you enrol. You can start as soon as you want and progress through the studies at your own pace (you have 2 years to complete it), studying when and where you choose. This flexibility makes it easy to fit learning around work and family commitments.
The extensive study materials have been developed by gardening and garden design 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 pathway includes all the required study materials.
On successful completion of the first part of your studies as listed above, and the RHS exams you will receive the nationally recognised RHS qualification for Level 2.
On successful completion of part 2 of your studies, you will be awarded the Advanced HCC Certificate in Garden Planning.
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 your studies – 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.
RHS Level 2 Certificate in the Principles of Garden Planning, Establishment & Maintenance – A 4-lesson study programme of preparation for the RHS examination.
Lesson 1 – Garden Features, Plant Selection and Planning
Lesson 2 – The Choice, Establishment and Maintenance of Garden Plants and Lawns
Lesson 3 – Production of Outdoor Vegetables and Fruit
Lesson 4 – Protected Environments and their use in Plant Cultivation
Advanced HCC Course in Garden Planning – Click here to view this course contents
If needed you have 2 years to complete your studies. Many students are able to complete their studies in approximately 9-18 months (approx 290 learning hours)*.
*Timescales are approximate and depend upon application and motivation.
On successful completion of the first part of your studies as listed, and the RHS exams you will receive the nationally recognised RHS qualification for Level 2.
On successful completion of part 2 of your studies*, you will receive the Advanced HCC Certificate in Garden Planning.
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 studies and finished your payments.
Upon successful completion of RHS examinations you will be awarded:
Your study materials and the valuable tutor feedback you will receive during your studies will help to prepare you for the Royal Horticultural Society qualifications. When you are ready to sit the examinations, you will need to register as a candidate with HCC or as an external candidate using another RHS Approved Centre. We offer advice and assistance for booking examinations when you are ready. Please click here for RHS and assessment centre requirements and fees.
You will also need to obtain the RHS syllabus and an entry form directly from the Royal Horticultural Society. Please click on the links below to download the RHS outline syllabus, and for further information on examination dates and fees. Your exam fees are payable to the RHS Approved Centre.
You do not need previous gardening or garden design knowledge or experience to enrol on this pathway.
There are 3 ways you can enrol