The course is ideal for those wishing to develop their career in professional horticulture, with a focus on amenity planting, large-scale garden design, accessible and sustainable design, and urban planting. The course is also a good choice for students wishing to launch a new career in horticulture at an advanced level, and provides a good foundation for higher education. Keen amateurs will also find this a rewarding and informative course.
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Study topics covered include: garden survey techniques; design principles; selecting and understanding landscaping elements; setting out and construction of landscaping elements; specialist design elements; urban planning.
Module 1: An Introduction to Garden Design and Site Assessment.
Module 2: The History of Garden Design.
Module 3: Hard Landscaping and Garden Structure.
Module 4: The Role of Soft Landscaping.
Module 5: Practical Foundations of Design.
Module 6: Hard Landscaping Construction.
Module 7: Designing Specialist Elements.
Module 8: Urban Gardening.
Sitting the Exam
At the end of the course you will be ready to sit the RHS Level 3 Certificate in Principles of Garden Planning, Construction and Planting, which you can do at an authorised examination centre in your area. (There is an additional fee for the examination.) Your tutor will provide personal support and advice to help you complete your assignments and prepare effectively for the exam.
How Long Does the Course Take
Most students can complete this course comfortably in 10 – 12 months (based on 3-4 hours study time per week). You have up to 12 months to complete the course, allowing you to work as quickly or as slowly as you like. You can also purchase 12 months of additional tutor and revision support for a minimal £20 fee if required.
Borders Connect . is one of the UK’s leading distance learning providers. All of our home study courses include study material, which is sent out in an attractive, hardwearing folder, essential course books and full tutorial support or delivered online directly to your email address. We are accredited by the Open and Distance Learning Quality Council and registered as providers with the Learning Skills Council.