PRINCIPLES AND PRACTICE ADVANCED CERTIFICATE (LEVEL 3)

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Daytime
Starts: September (Enfield) and January (Regent’s Park)
Duration: part time, 1 day a week over 1 year
Available at: Enfield and Regent’s Park

Evening
Starts: September
Duration: 1 evening a week over 1 year
Available at: Enfield

You will develop skills in surveying, site analysis and the design principles and hard landscape materials used in garden construction while producing a range of technical and graphical drawings to a professional standard. The emphasis of the course is always on professionalism and a high standard of presentation is expected for all work. A wide range of topics and lectures are delivered by a combination of workshops and online resources.

Topics include:

  • surveying and site analysis
  • design principles
  • graphic skills
  • concept boards
  • plan drawing and presentation
  • plan colouring
  • section-elevations
  • structural planting
  • hard landscape materials
  • construction drawings
  • axonometric drawing
  • structures and water features
  • twentieth century garden designers
  • working as a garden designer.

Entry requirements
One or more of the following are required:

  • Garden Design Certificate (Level 2) (preferred)
  • RHS Level 2 Diploma in Horticulture + a Level 1 pass in an Introductory Garden Design Course
  • Gardening and Commercial Landscaping Diploma (Level 2) or equivalent + a Level 1 pass in an Introductory Garden Design Course
  • all applications are dependent upon tutor recommendations

You may be required to attend an interview and references may be called for in certain instances prior to being formally offered a place on the course.

What next?
Upon successful completion of one or both of these courses, you will be able to:

  • begin to set up in professional practice as a garden designer
  • with success in one course, continue to complete the second of the two courses
  • with successful completion in both courses claim a final Diploma qualification
  • to progress to the Foundation Degree in Garden Design and Plantsmanship

Last updated: 18 Sept 2019