Royal Horticultural Society Level 3 Certificate in the Principles of Garden Planning, Construction and Planting

Theory Course

The RHS Level 3 Certificates offer you a structured progression from Level 2 qualifications and the opportunity to study a broad range of theory and practical aspects of horticulture, proving your competence against rigorous RHS standards.

L3 Garden Planning Cert

Course content:

  • Garden survey techniques and design principles
  • Selection and use of landscaping elements in the garden
  • Setting out and construction of landscaping elements in the garden
  • A range of specialist elements in the establishment of garden and urban plantings

Duration:The course runs on Saturday for 28 weeks from September 2018 from 13.30 to 16.30pm.

Download a leaflet here for course dates.

Course cost payable: £840

= £700 (made up of £596 tuition fees + £104 RHS exam fees) + VAT

or four payments of £216 (£180 plus VAT) 

How each course is taught and assessed:

You will study 4 units.

The course is classroom based; teaching consists of lectures, with practical demonstrations and outdoor discussions where it helps understanding of specific topics, such as surveying or specialist plantings.

Each unit is assessed by a short written examination set by the Royal Horticultural Society in February and June each year.

There is no compulsory course work, but you will be given the opportunity to try sample examination questions if you are going take the examination.

Achievement: When you have passed exams in all the units, the Royal Horticultural Society will award a Level 3 Certificate in the Principles of Garden Planning, Construction and Planting. Combined with the other theory Certificate and the Level 3 Practical Certificate, this makes up the RHS Level 3 Diploma in the Principles and Practices of Horticulture.

Note: If you have opted not to undertake the examinations for either course but work through all the exercises and practice questions we will issue a certificate of attendance.