University Centre Sparsholt has opted into the TEF and received a Gold award.
What will I learn? The new Certificate in Garden Design is aimed at those passionate hobbyists who want to develop and refine their skills and is designed to replace the outgoing FdSc in Garden Design. As such it is not an HE qualification but a practical based course designed to deliver the skills required to get up and running as a garden designer. Although an economical alternative to a degree, it utilises the same resources, method of delivery and style of teaching from expert staff. The course is aimed at learners who are either new to the industry or simply want to enhance their skills. While the Certificate provides a base of information useful for either domestic or professional use, the Diploma is designed to build on this and deliver the business acumen required should students want to pursue a more ‘professional’ career in the Garden Design industry. The course can be studied either one day a week or two days a week. If you choose to study two days a week, each stage will take a year to complete; if you study one day a week, each stage will take two years to complete. 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. 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/
- Site Surveying and Site analysis
- Design Skills and Graphic Techniques
- Intro to CAD (Vectorworks/SketchUp)
- Design with Materials (including practical construction techniques)
- Plant and Soil Science
- Plant Selection and Use
Site Surveying and Site analysis Design Skills and Graphic Techniques Intro to CAD (Vectorworks/SketchUp) Design with Materials (including practical construction techniques) Plant and Soil Science Plant Selection and Use
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.
How to apply
To apply for this course you will be taken to the provider's website, where you can find out more information and make an application.
Points of entry
The following entry points are available for this course:
- Year 1
Please note that although we welcome applications from EEA nationals, this part-time course does not meet the requirements of Tier 4 Visa and so we are unable to accept applications from non-EEA nationals who may require a visa to study.
There are no qualification requirements for this course.
Horticultural knowledge drawing, design and computer skills are required for this course. As well as a passion for plants, design and a will to succeed!
English language requirements
|IELTS (Academic)||6||6.0 overall, with a minimum 5.5 in any band|
|Cambridge English Advanced||B||Score 169-175 (FCE grade B; CAE level B2)|
We will also accept the following qualifications from EU students: GCSE English Language at grade C/4 or above; IGCSE English (as a first or second language) at grade C/4 or above; AS or A level English Language or English Literature; International Baccalaureate (English A or B syllabus or English Literature Standard or Higher level) grade 4.
Fees and funding
|Northern Ireland||£4250||Year 1|
Additional fee information
This course does not currently qualify for any financial support or loans.
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There is still time to join us at University Centre Sparsholt this September through clearing. Every year, students find their ideal course in UCAS Clearing or Adjustment. It gives you another opportunity to find the best course for you – whether you’ve changed your mind, your results surprised you or you’re just starting to think about starting university this year. Our courses range from Applied Animal Science, Zoo Biology and Equine to Wildlife Ecology and Conservation, Aquaculture and Fishery Management, Marine Ecology and Conservation and Veterinary Nursing Science. Why choose University Centre Sparsholt? Excellent industry links; Outstanding facilities; Expert lecturers; Specialised degrees; TEF Gold award; Accredited by University of Portsmouth; and a Hampshire countryside campus or city living in Winchester