This complete career pathway is suitable for beginners and will equip you with the knowledge, practical skills and industry-recognised qualifications to become a professional garden designer.
This pathway consists of two parts:
Your first set of course materials will be sent to you when you enrol. You can start as soon as you want and progress through the course at your own pace (you have 2 years to complete it), studying when and where you choose. This flexibility makes it easy to fit learning around work and family commitments.
The extensive course materials have been developed by gardening and garden design experts and are clear and straightforward, so your studying is easy and enjoyable. As you complete each lesson, your tutor will promptly return your marked assignment with constructive feedback and guidance. (You can also contact your tutor or the support team for help at any point during your studies.)
The course includes all the required study materials.
On successful completion of your studies and the RHS exams you will receive the nationally recognised RHS qualifications.
RHS Level 2 Certificate in the Principles of Garden Planning, Establishment & Maintenance – A 4-lesson study programme of preparation for the RHS examination.
Lesson 1 – Garden Features, Plant Selection and Planning
Lesson 2 – The Choice, Establishment and Maintenance of Garden Plants and Lawns
Lesson 3 – Production of Outdoor Vegetables and Fruit
Lesson 4 – Protected Environments and their use in Plant Cultivation
RHS Level 3 Certificate in the Principles of Garden Planning, Construction and Planting – A 4-lesson study programme of preparation for the RHS examination.
Lesson 1 – Understanding garden survey techniques and design principles
Lesson 2 – Understanding the selection and use of landscaping elements in the garden
Lesson 3 – Understanding the setting out and construction of landscaping elements in the garden
Lesson 4 – Understanding a range of specialist elements in the establishment of garden and urban plantings
Upon successful completion of RHS examinations you will be awarded:
This course is available for student enrolments up to April 2022 and registered students will have until the final exam session scheduled for February 2024 to successfully achieve this qualification. RHS are launching new qualifications which will become available from September 2022. For further information please visit our news page.
Your course materials and the valuable tutor feedback you will receive during your studies will help to prepare you for the Royal Horticultural Society qualifications. When you are ready to sit the examinations, you will need to register as a candidate with HCC or as an external candidate using another RHS Approved Centre. We offer advice and assistance for booking examinations when you are ready. Please click here for RHS and assessment centre requirements and fees.
You will also need to obtain the RHS syllabus and an entry form directly from the Royal Horticultural Society. Please click on the links below to download the RHS outline syllabus, and for further information on examination dates and fees. Your exam fees are payable to the RHS Approved Centre.
Throughout your studies, you will be able to ask questions, receive feedback and further develop your knowledge by contacting our experienced tutors by phone or email.
You do not need previous gardening or garden design knowledge or experience to enrol on this pathway.
If needed you have 2 years to complete your studies. Many students are able to complete their studies in approximately 9-18 months (approx 290 learning hours)*.
*Timescales are approximate and depend upon application and motivation.
Successfully complete this course and the RHS exams and:
There are 3 ways you can enrol