What will I learn?

The course is studied one day a week.

You will taught by award winning Garden Designers with a proven track record of success at RHS Chelsea and RHS Hampton Court and who have professional expertise in their field. You will get in-depth insight into the industry and benefit from their vast and considerable experience.

One of the key features of the industry is that it recognises a student’s competence in practice rather than academic achievement. As such, there are no formal exams but the assessment strategy is designed to evidence a benchmark of professional competence rather than academic rigour. This involves utilising assessment strategies such as presentation skills, drawing techniques, practical plant identification tests and portfolio development.

The Diploma can both be achieved at Pass, Credit or Distinction and tutors will provide supportive feedback to assist learner achieve to their highest potential.

What will I study?

  • Plant Choice
  • Design Theories
  • CAD Development

    Where will it lead me?

    The qualification is designed to provide the skills necessary to either work towards being a practising Garden Designer, or simply enhance the skills and appreciation of those passionate gardeners. It will deliver the key information you will need to create beautiful green spaces and enhance the environment: from plant identification, drawing techniques and an understanding of plant growth to liaising with clients and constructing detailed scale drawings.

    Entry Requirements

    You must have completed the Garden Design Certificate at SCH or hold relevant industry experience with a proven ability to study at this level.

    Further Information

    What will I need?

    Students will need appropriate clothing for outdoor practicals. Many of the teaching resources will be on-line so access to a computer will be beneficial. Extra study time requirements: a minimum of 12 hours per week.

    Extra-Curricular support

    Students will have access to discounted memberships of the Society of Garden Designers which provides a wealth of materials to support and enhance understanding of the industry. Students also have discounted access key CAD software VectorWorks.

    Students will also benefit from being in an environment that will provide them with the opportunity to make industry links and expand their confidence. The department also runs study trips at the end of each academic year which are delivered at an extra cost but provide a wonderful opportunity to meet new people that share your passion and feel part of the learning community of the College.

    Meet the Lecturers

    Click the names to find out more about our expert lecturers:

    Chris Bird https://www.sparsholt.ac.uk/he-staff-horticulture/chris-bird/
    Chris Prior https://www.sparsholt.ac.uk/he-staff-horticulture/chris-prior/

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    Sparsholt College, SO21 2NF


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