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
  • How to plan and create drawings that communicate ideas clearly
  • The theory behind practical horticulture in relation to garden design

Certificate in Garden Design – Gateway Qualifications Limited Reference: 60096731

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 mst be aged 19 and over to enrol ont his course.

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), or a Level 2 RHS qualification. You can also enter employment in the garden design industry by starting a garden advice business.

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.


Veronica’s story

Veronica studied the RHS Level 2 Certificate in the Principles of Plant Growth and Development, leading her to become Gardening Editor at The Sun. Veronica’s story