The planting know-how to turn a good design on paper into a beautiful garden in reality
This course is designed for learners who understand basic design principles and are able to get their ideas down on paper and draw plans to scale, but feel they need more knowledge about how to apply their designs and create a garden. Taking very much a practical approach, the focus is on the planting design and soft landscaping (ie using plants) aspects of garden design. You will learn about topics like the application of concepts, key plants, boundary plantings, focal points, tackling difficult areas and remedial work on existing gardens, as well as looking at costings and schedules for two garden types. You will also explore sources of inspiration for your planting design – from historical influences and different garden styles to a detailed study of six international gardens.
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 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 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.
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You do not need previous gardening or garden design knowledge or experience to enrol on this course.
There are 2 ways you can enrol