RHS Level 3 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.

This course forms one of the three parts of the RHS Level 3 Diploma in the Principles and Practices of Horticulture, and builds on your understanding gained in the RHS Level 2 qualifications. You will be based in a classroom.

Please note that you can only apply for this course if you have completed the other two parts of the RHS Level 3 diploma. As this is an exam-based course, you must be able to commit time for independent study.

The new RHS L3 course will start September 2023.

You will learn

  • How to carry out garden surveys and gain a full understanding of garden design principles
  • How to select plants and features for use within a landscape
  • The functions and relationships of plants within a landscape
  • How to plan hard landscape features and understand their construction in the garden
  • How to build on plant identification skills and plant knowledge
  • The successful establishment and maintenance of specialist soft landscaping features and plantings

Certificate in The Principles of Garden Planning, Construction and Planting – Royal Horticultural Society
Reference: 60171881

This course is for completing students only. Successful completion of the RHS Level 2 Certificate in Practical Horticulture and the RHS Level 2 Certificate in the Principles of Horticulture. You also need to complete the first two certificates of the RHS Level 3 diploma.

This course will support career development if you are 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.

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.