Do you have an eye for natural beauty? You stroll past neighbouring gardens and your imagination goes wild. You think in images: vibrant rose borders, beds strewn with blooming flowers, a reflective water centrepiece – a quaint, private paradise. If this sounds like you, our garden design course is the perfect opportunity to harness your horticultural skills and focus on finer details that’ll make any garden pop. Enrol today to start blooming.
This course is aimed towards people who want to learn how to design and execute their perfect garden. It is also useful for those who would like to run their own landscaping or garden design business.
Level 3 / QLS Certificate / OXB10
over 12 months and £ deposit
over 12 months and £ deposit
12 months expert tutor support
24 hour access
Fully accredited course
This course equips learners with the underpinning knowledge of how to effectively design and produce both attractive and functional gardens.
The course focuses on all aspects of garden design, from the practical side of how to make a garden look its best, to the knowledge behind the selection process of different elements of the gardening process. This covers knowledge such as the best soil to use in different areas, which plants grow best in different geographical locations and how to work with different size gardens to maximise their potential. You'll learn how to plan, assess and transform gardens into works of art. You will learn to also consider the impact of sun and shade and include time and budget into your planning process.
You’ll also examine the elements, shaping and proportions of gardens that enable designers to keep lawns and boundaries in shape when designing their dream enclosure. The course will finish by looking at a range of practical ideas for various shapes and styles of gardens.
Unit 1 - The History of Garden Design – Introduction to Medieval, Tudor, Stuart, Georgian, Victorian, and 20th-Century Gardens.
Unit 2 - Introduction to Practical Garden Design – What do you want from your garden? Looking at first steps and considering the practical limitations.
Unit 3 - Assessing the Garden – Looking at soil, slopes and changes in level, drainage, enhancing garden design for a mature garden, sun and shade and the impact of climate.
Unit 4 - Budgeting and Planning Garden Design – How much will your client be able to afford to spend? Considers phased planning and an example of a phased budget in a garden design.
Unit 5 - Timing Considerations – Discusses the basic principles of timing in garden planning, soil, sources of soil pollution, the benefits of Selenium for plants. and making progress while using a phased approach.
Unit 6 - The Design - How and Where to Start – looks at achieving harmony in your garden design using materials and plants to create patterns and the effect of colours in “re-sizing” your garden space.
Unit 7 - Elements of the Garden – Discusses the building elements of your garden design including materials and legal or planning restrictions on building garden walls or patios, as well as safety concerns.
Unit 8 - Shapes and Proportion of Gardens – Discusses the shape of your lawn, where to position garden furniture and designing your garden.
Unit 9 - Managing Transformations – Looks at quick and easy transformations and achieving a boost or lift to a mature garden, as well as considering drainage improvements.
Unit 10 - Design Solutions for Problem Gardens – Looks at problems and investigates possible solutions including irrigation.
Unit 11 - Practical Design Ideas for Various Shapes of Garden - Design ideas to ensure optimum use of the outdoor space.
Unit 12 - Design Ideas to Ensure Optimum Use of Outdoor Space – Practical considerations in planning to develop a formal garden style.
The good news is that there is no previous knowledge required to complete this course, although it is recommended that you have an intermediate level of understanding to read and write in English.
This programme is fully assessed via Tutor Marked Assignments. Upon completion of each module the learner will be required to complete a series of tasks, requiring essay style answers, which are sent to the tutor for marking. You will not be required to take an external exam.
Upon completion of all the course assignments the work is then subject to internal and external moderation to ensure consistency, fairness and that all standards have been properly applied and met.
At the end of this course successful learners will receive a Certificate of Achievement from the Quality Licence Scheme.
The Quality Licence Scheme is part of the Skills and Education Group, a charitable organisation that unites education and skills-orientated organisations that share similar values and objectives. With more than 100 years of collective experience, the Skills and Education Group’s strategic partnerships create opportunities to inform, influence and represent the wider education and skills sector.
The Skills and Education Group’s knowledge and experience of working within the awarding sector enables them to work with training providers, through the Quality Licence Scheme, to help them develop high-quality courses and/or training programmes for the non-regulated market.
*Regulated qualification refers to those qualifications that are regulated by Ofqual / CCEA / Qualification Wales
Module 1:– The History of Garden Design
Module 2:– Introduction to Practical Garden Design
Module 3:– Assessing the Garden
Module 4:– Budgeting and Planning Garden Design
Module 5:– Timing Considerations
Module 6:– The Design - How and Where to Start
Module 7:– Elements of the Garden
Module 8:– Shapes and Proportion of Gardens
Module 9:– Managing Transformations
Module 10:– Design Solutions for Problem Gardens
Module 11:– Practical Design Ideas for Various Shapes of Garden
Module 12:– Practical Ideas for Various Styles of Garden
You will receive the course manual, assignments and study guide plus tutor support by email. Our student support team are also available for any other queries that you may have whilst completing your course. You can be assured that unlimited support is available for your home study course, so there is no need to struggle or feel isolated during your studies.
NCC originally stood for the National Consortium of FE (Further Education) Colleges. This brought together the FE Colleges to achieve the best provision. Regular national meetings were attended by both Colleges and Government agencies who funded them. This was very helpful to them both to best deliver training to their students.
For more than 25 years NCC has supplied FE Colleges with learning materials as well as student marketing.
NCC now specialise in online training of a very high quality to students both self-funded, paid for by schools, employers and training providers.
Distance learning is the most flexible and convenient approach to studying. There is no need for you to attend college and you can study anytime, anyplace, anywhere that fits in with your lifestyle. Distance learning programmes are ideal for people who may have a job, family commitments, or any other commitment that won’t allow them time off to study.
Both our online and paper courses are completed via an online learning portal (LMS) which you can access after you receive your login details by email. Please ensure that you check your junk email if you do not receive your login details within 48 hours.
All learners will submit their assignments, receive feedback and correspond with their tutor directly through the LMS. If you require help from our support team, then simply email firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you opt for the online course, you will not receive any course materials through the post. Everything is available via the LMS.
If you opt for the paper version, you are simply paying for a study book to be printed and posted to your home, or place of work. You will use this book as a reference guide, but you will still be required to upload your assignments and correspond with your tutor via the LMS.
If you are unable to access our online LMS, we do have alternative options available, so please email email@example.com in order to request further support.
To purchase a course, simply click on the ‘Buy now’ button against your chosen course and follow the on screen instructions. Alternatively if you would prefer to purchase the course over the phone, call 0333 3445 690 and speak to one of our expert course advisors.
The cost largely depends on the type and size of the course. The course cost is determined by the expenses associated with its provision, taking into consideration the course's size and complexity, development costs, the presence of a study materials, and the level of tutor support required. Some courses also necessitate additional in-person assessments by assessors, which incur additional expenses and consequently affect the course's cost.
All prices are clearly stated on the course description page and will always be displayed prior to you committing to purchase a course.
Please note that there may be additional fees required should your course require an external invigilated assessment, such as A Levels, ICB qualifications etc. To clarify, please speak to a course advisor.
Once you've chosen your course, you have two options for enrolment:
- You can purchase the course online by clicking the "Buy now" button, which will enrol you automatically.
- Alternatively, you can call our helpline at 0333 3445 690, and our expert course advisors will assist you in signing up for the course and arrange for the delivery of any requested additional learning materials to your address.
All courses are available to purchase in full or via affordable monthly payments over 12 months. A £29 non-refundable deposit is required for monthly payments, and you will be required to set up a monthly direct debit.
We do not require you to complete a credit check to sign up for monthly payments.
We guarantee that you will receive any course materials ordered within 5 working days of registering, but for many of our courses it may take no more than 48 hours.
The course materials are always sent to you via a tracked courier service, to ensure that you receive your study book within our stated period.
All the relevant information required to complete your course is available via the LMS. Additional research via the internet is encouraged, depending on the level you are working at, to bolster knowledge of the subject area.
There is no requirement to purchase any additional materials.
You will have access to a dedicated personal tutor whom you can contact through the Learning Management System (LMS) for assistance and guidance on any course-related matters. Your tutor will only initiate contact in response to your messages. If you encounter any difficulties reaching your tutor, please don't hesitate to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Many courses require you to submit work to your tutor during the period of study, and your tutor will assess your work and provide feedback to you within 10 working days. Your tutor is available to you as much as you need them.
Please note that the course includes tutor support for a duration of 12 months. If you require additional time, please inform us, and we will make every effort to provide you with an option for a paid extension, if feasible, to assist you in completing your course.
Please be aware that our tutors are actively assisting multiple learners, and to ensure they are not inundated with excessive workloads, we have implemented a policy limiting learners to submitting a maximum of three units of work for evaluation at any given time. We recommend that you upload your completed units as you finish them. This way, you can benefit from your tutor's feedback to enhance your future assignment submissions.
Your work will be marked and feedback returned to you within 10 working days after submission. This is because our tutors are required to provide detailed, considered feedback to our learners that may take a while to formulate. We find that by working this way, our learners actually complete their course in less time, as they rarely need to submit an assignment more than twice.
Whilst it is possible to submit multiple assignments at the same time, we advise that our learners submit only one at a time. We want our learners to develop as they progress through their course, and find this is best achieved when a student embarks on a new module having taken into account tutor feedback from the previous submission.
Kindly note that our tutors are currently supporting multiple learners simultaneously. In order to maintain a balanced workload for them, we have established a policy that restricts learners to submitting a maximum of three units of work for evaluation at any given time.
Depending on the course you have chosen, and the amount of time you can commit, it could take from 6 weeks to 12 months to complete your course. Your end of support date is when you need to have your course copmpleted by in order to be able to be certificated, this is usually 12 months from purchase.
The duration of the course is largely down to you. The beauty of home learning is that it allows you complete flexibility to fit your studies around your lifestyle and other commitments. You can dedicate as much, or as little, time as you want to your studies - no one will be chasing you for your work or asking why you haven’t submitted an assignment.
We do strongly recommend, though, that before you purchase a course you assess your ability to commit the necessary time to completing the course in a timeframe that will not leave you losing your motivation.
All of our courses are accredited, so you need to show that you have acquired the knowledge to pass the course – this may involve sitting an examination, but it depends on the course you have chosen.
Some courses require you to be continually assessed throughout the course, while others may require an end of course exam or assignment (which may be completed at home) to be submitted to your tutor.
Certain types of qualifications, A-levels and GCSEs for example, do require you to sit invigilated exams at a registered test centre. You will need to organise and pay for the examinations yourself, however full details of what you need to do will be available from the centre who are delivering the qualification.
If in doubt, please email email@example.com, NCC can then discuss or put you in touch directly with the course provider.
All of our courses are accredited and you will receive a certificate upon successful completion of the course.
For more information about this please see the section of the website that details how awarding bodies work and what the different types of qualifications are: https://www.ncchomelearning.co.uk/awarding-organisations
Yes, you can take as many courses as your time allows, but we would recommend that you clearly evaluate how much time you can commit to your courses of study.
The good news is that if your circumstances change you can always take a limited break and come back to your studies to save your paid for support.
If you decide to enrol on more than one course at the same time, speak to our enquiries team for any bundle deals or offers.
Certainly, in most instances, there are no geographical constraints on where you can undertake your studies. However, it's important to note that specific courses may be subject to geographical limitations imposed by the Awarding Organisation, and these restrictions will be clearly stated in the course description.
You just need to be aware that all tutors are based in the UK and work may need to be submitted to them via post, although in most cases e-mail can be used.
Where the course requires that you sit an invigilated exam at a test centre, there are many exam centres outside of the UK. However, we would advise that you check with us before purchasing one of these courses if you want to study from abroad.
If, after receiving the course, you decide it isn’t the right course for you, you may return the materials within 14 days, provided you have not yet submitted any coursework for evaluation. Please note that you will be responsible for covering the return shipping costs. We will refund your payment, minus a non-refundable deposit of £29. Additionally, you have the option to select an alternative course that better matches your goals and aspirations.
For any help on cancelling your course please email firstname.lastname@example.org, we will only deal with cancellation enquiries via email.
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