Garden Design and Plantsmanship Foundation Degree (Level 4 and 5)

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Starts: September 2020 subject to validation
Duration: full-time over 2 years
Available at: Enfield
Starts: September
Ends: June
Fees: 2018 applicants £6,000 per year.

Our Foundation Degree in Garden Design and Plantsmanship has been created in partnership with the Royal Agricultural University. It has been formed to create or develop professional garden and landscape designers and consultants whose customers are private garden owners and small to medium-sized businesses, providing them with richly plant-based solutions to design challenges.

You will study at our Enfield centre with 34 acres of designed and mature gardens, plus three specialist design studios. Each year there is a one-week study tour to the Royal Agricultural University, Cirencester.

Emphasis is placed on developing your knowledge of plants, materials and construction techniques, as well as the design and business skills you need to deliver professional and innovative design solutions now demanded within the garden design industry in an urban context.

Course description:
Plant knowledge and applied plant knowledge are fundamental to this programme of study combined with a sound understanding of the design principles, materials and construction techniques that underpin workable design concepts and plans.

Understanding the environmental, social and commercial context together with sound business skills supports the delivery of sustainable design solutions, projects and business propositions.

Year 1 Level 4 subjects covered:

1. Design Principles and Garden Styles
2. Plants and Horticultural Studies
3. Garden Materials and Structures
4. Horticulture Skills and Applied Plant Knowledge
5. Digital Design
6. Professional Business Practice
7. Industry Experience
8. Design Project

Year 2 Level 5 subjects covered:

1. Advanced Plant Knowledge
2. Advanced Garden Styles
3. Advanced Digital Design
4. Advanced Design Construction
5. Business Management
6. Design and Business Enterprise
7. Advanced Industry Experience
8. Major Garden Design Project.

Additional Information
Programme Specification

Entry requirements
Applicants should confirm their ability to study on a Foundation Degree by presenting evidence of:

  • A minimum of 3 GCSEs to include English & Maths at grade C or above, (or equivalent level 2 qualifications) and 48 UCAS tariff points from Level 3 qualifications (see below):

The following level 3 qualifications (and combinations) will be considered for entry:

  • 2 A-level subjects or equivalent combinations (this is either two A levels both grade Ds, or one A level at grade D plus two AS levels at grade d)
  • BTEC Level 3 qualifications (e.g. PPP, MP, M-P)
  • City & Guilds Land Based Level 3 qualifications ( e.g. Pass at Extended Diploma / M at Diploma / Merit at 90-credit Diploma)
  • Irish Highers (e.g. CCD or H4 X3)
  • Scottish Advanced Highers and Highers (e.g. CCD)
  • Access to Higher Education Diploma (45 credits at Level 3) in Animal Management or other subjects.
  • Successful completion of Advanced Apprenticeships, Technical Level Qualification and Technical Baccalaureate (TechBacc) qualifications can also be considered depending on the relevant work experience.

Further considerations:

  • Applicants where English is not the first language will require IELTS overall grade 6.0 (with no element below 5.5).
  • Substantial relevant experience (considered individually where UCAS tariff is not met).

Applicants may apply for exemption from specified units on the programme through APL / APEL for no more than 40% of the total credits for the programme.

What next after your course?
Successful completion of our Foundation Degree in Garden Design and Plantsmanship will:

      • enable you to top-up your BSc at another institution, or Capel from 2017
      • ensure you meet industry standards for professional occupational competences to work in garden design, landscape or horticulture industry as an employee or self-employed garden designer, urban spaces designer, landscape designer, CAD technician, landscape manager, landscape technician, gardener, horticulturalist, contracts manager, gardens adviser, horticultural consultant or garden design lecturer.

Apply online via the UCAS website here

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Last updated 18 Sept 2019