Garden Design Certificate (Level 2)

Course overview

This course will focus on drawing and design and you will study three specialist units.

You will participate in workshops, lectures, tutorials, studio sessions and weekly interactive garden walks. You will be expected to complete a range of assignments within set timeframes outside the weekly classes.

An online-only version of this course is available, please check the start date before applying.

You will learn

  • Practical horticulture in relation to garden design
  • Plant knowledge for garden design
  • Plant use and selection for garden design
Entry requirements
  • Minimum of 2 GCSEs at grade 5 and above (A* to C)
  • Level 1 Pass from one of the introductory courses
  • Relevant prior learning or practical experience gained in a professional environment
  • A keen passion for and interest in garden design, landscapes and horticulture
  • Confidence in the use of computers, the internet and standard office software
  • You may be required to attend an interview and references may be needed

You will be expected to study on the following days of the week:

Enfield Campus

  • 13 September start: Tuesdays
  • 14 September start: Wednesdays

Crystal Palace Park Campus

  • 14 September start: Wednesdays

Regent’s Park Campus

  • 3 January start: Tuesdays
  • 4 January start: Wednesdays


  • 17 January start: Tuesdays

Upon successful completion of this course you may be able to progress to our Certificate in Plants and Planting for Garden Design (Level 3), Certificate in the Principles and Practice of Garden Design (Level 3), a Kew Diploma, Botanical Garden Traineeship, or an RHS Diploma (Level 3). You can also enter employment in the garden design industry.

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