Introduction to Garden Design (Level 1)

Man drawing a gardens design plan

Course overview

This short, introductory course is ideal if you would like to acquire the skills needed to design your own garden.

You can choose to study this course to gain the foundation knowledge needed to then progress to further studies in garden design, or as a taster course if you are considering a career change.

You will be assessed through the completion and submission of coursework assignments. This will include a design of a garden space including a variety of sketches and plan drawings. Successful completion of all three modules will guarantee a pass for this course. You will need to allow time for additional research, study and work at home each week.

If you have a Level 2 horticulture qualification, you can also use this course to progress to a Level 3 garden design course.

You will learn

  • Drawing and graphics skills
  • How to apply simple design principles
  • How to use plants in garden design
  • How to work from scale
  • The use of hard landscaping materials
  • How to create a simple garden layout and planting plan
Entry requirements

No previous experience is required but applicants need to have at least basic Maths and English to GCSE qualification (or equivalent) together with a good standard of literacy and numeracy.

You will be expected to study one day per week.

After successfully completing this course, you may be able to progress to the Garden Design Certificate (Level 2) or one of the RHS Level 2 Certificates.

Matthew's story

The College is a fantastic learning space. I really enjoy taking walks around the campus during breaks, just to see how the gardens and plants develop throughout the seasons.