RHS Level 3 Certificate in the Principles of Garden Planning, Construction and Planting

Course overview

This is an intensive, part-time theory-based course suitable for horticulture professionals who want to progress to technical and management positions, as well as keen amateur gardeners and volunteers.

The course forms one of the three parts of the RHS Level 3 Diploma in the Principles and Practices of Horticulture, and builds on understanding gained in the RHS Level 2 qualifications. As this is an exam-based course, you must be able to commit time for independent study.

Due to high demand, places on this course are currently unavailable. We are working towards increasing our capacity as soon as possible. Please check back later for further updates.

You will learn

  • How to carry out garden surveys and gain a full understanding of garden design principles, including the historical development of gardens
  • How to select plants and features for use within a landscape, and understand the function and relationship of these elements
  • How to plan hard landscape features and understand their construction in the garden
  • An understanding of the successful establishment and maintenance of specialist soft landscaping features and plantings
  • How to build on plant identification skills and plant knowledge
Entry requirements

Successful completion of the RHS Level 2 Certificate in the Principles of Plant Growth, Propagation and Development or RHS Level 2 Certificate in the Principles of Garden Planning, Establishment and Maintenance.

This course should support career development if you’re already working in professional horticulture, help prepare you to embark on a career in professional horticulture or allow you to progress to higher education qualifications in horticulture or garden design.