Certificate in Plants and Planting for Garden Design (Level 3)

Course overview

This course will improve the extent of your planting knowledge and understanding, and you will learn how to create aesthetically pleasing and sustainable planting schemes and designs.

Over the duration of your studies with us you will be able to present professionally to clients in relation to the work and schemes you have created. You will also have the opportunity to take part in workshops, tutorials and studio sessions to have developed all-round professional skills.

You will learn

  • Planting form, shape and texture
  • Plant selection (including for design and planting plans)
  • Drawing elevations
  • Planting colour theory and practice
  • Plant history and influences on garden design
  • Plant choice and selection
  • Planting with sustainable credentials and biodiversity
  • Professional practice operations
  • Drawing planting plans
  • Evaluating existing planting

Certificate in Plants and Planting Design – Gateway Qualifications Limited Reference: 60096743

A Garden Design Certificate (Level 2) is preferred or alternatively, an RHS Level 2 Diploma in Horticulture and a Level 1 Pass in an introductory garden design course, or a Gardening and Commercial Landscaping Diploma (Level 2) or equivalent and a Level 1 Pass in an introductory garden design course. All applications are dependent upon tutor recommendations . You may be required to attend an interview and references may be needed. You must eb aged 19 and over to enrol on this course.

Successful completion of this course will enable you to begin to set up in professional practice as a garden designer, or progress to another Level 3 garden design course.

This course is part-funded by the ESFA (Education and Skills Funding Agency) or Greater London Authority (GLA) for those that are eligible.

If you are aged 16, 17 or 18 at the start of the course, your tuition, exams and materials fees will be paid for you in full as long as you meet some basic criteria for UK residence (more information can be found on our Fees and Funding page).

If you are aged 19 or over on the day your course starts, you may be entitled to help with tuition fees subject to criteria. If you receive employment benefits, have a low income, or are studying towards your first substantial qualification, you may be entitled to free tuition. You may need to pay a materials fee if applicable to your course. Find further information about help with tuition fees on our Fees and Funding page.

For some of our courses, we offer a discount for current students. If this is the case, you will see the reduced fee when you select your chosen course campus and start date. To qualify for this discount, you must already be studying another course at Capel Manor College, and be adding this course to your existing programme.

Please note that fees for September 2023 have not yet been finalised, and are subject to a small increase. Applicants will be notified of final course fees before enrolling.

Zoe’s story

Zoe studied the Garden Design Certificate (Level 2) at Capel Manor College before progressing on to the Certificate in Plants and Planting for Garden Design (Level 3), and the Certificate in the Principles and Practice of Garden Design (Level 3). Zoe’s story