RHS Level 3 Certificate in the Principles of Garden Planning, Construction and Planting
|RHS Level 3 Certificate in the Principles of Garden Planning, Construction and Planting||Home||£576.00|
|(DC) Level 3GP Individual unit 1: Garden Survey Techniques and Design Principles||£150.00|
|(DC) Level 3GP Individual unit 2: Selection and Use of Landscaping Elements in the Garden||£150.00|
|(DC) Level 3GP Individual unit 3: Setting Out and Construction of Landscaping Elements in the Garden||£150.00|
|(DC) Level 3GP Individual unit 4: Specialist Elements in Garden and Urban Plantings||£150.00|
A level 3 qualification from the RHS can help you to move upwards in your horticultural career. The National Trust and many other employers require level 3 qualifications for supervisory roles, and the RHS qualification builds on Level 2 skills to focus on a deeper understanding of horticulture, and on more professional techniques. Keen gardeners can challenge themselves, and develop their skills to a professional level.
This course looks at garden history and design principles, the planning of private gardens and public spaces, and includes an outline of setting out and construction for hard landscaping; it builds up plant knowledge for a wide range of planting styles and contemporary garden situations.
Note: This course can also be studied at our Ryton and Bampton centres, and as an online option.
What will I study?
Each RHS Certificate is made up of four individual units: you can work through them in turn, or you can just study single units that interest you.
- 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
What is covered?
How is it delivered and assessed?
We will send you full-colour printed course materials, plus a revision workbook test paper, for each unit. Your tutor can be contacted via email to support you in your studies, marking your revision workbook and mock examination papers to give you feedback and help you to prepare for examinations. You will also have access to the online classroom as a backup, to get reminders about examinations and to network with other students.
The theory Certificates are assessed by national exams set by the RHS each year in February and June. Each unit has its own short written exam.
We do not enter you for the examinations, but we will make you aware through the online classroom of exam dates and deadlines and your tutor will give you guidance on whether you are ready to take the exams.
Online study through a “virtual classroom”
There is a dedicated online space for each unit, which you share with other students on your course.
You can download all your notes and presentations to read on or offline, view interactive materials and ‘self-test’ quizzes, contact the course tutor by internal messaging for feedback and support, upload practice exam papers and questions for marking, and get in touch with other students.
What qualification will I get?
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.
If you successfully complete the other theory Certificate, and the RHS Level 3 Practical Certificate in Horticulture as well, the RHS will award you a Level 3 Diploma in the Principles and Practices of Horticulture.
Note: it is not compulsory to take examinations if you are following the course for your own interest. However if you want a Certificate to demonstrate that you have followed the course to a successful completion you will need to enter and pass the examinations. THe RHS will no longer allow to us to provide any evidence that you have studied the course without taking examinations.
What is the cost and venue(s)?
Study at home, or whenever and wherever it suits you, with your full colour printed course books.
Individual units are £150 each (£125 + VAT) or the full Certificate is £576 (£480 + VAT)
These course costs do not include RHS examination fees (currently £27 per unit).
These are paid to the RHS by the Centre where you choose to take your exams, and while we offer our students the facility to take exams at our Ryton and North Moreton, these may not be the most convenient locations for you. You can arrange to take examinations at any Centre which offers your specific exam and which will accept an external candidate. The RHS website gives guidance on finding an exam centre.
What is the enrolment process?
You can enrol and buy your chosen units on the website using PayPal.
For online courses, your username and password will be emailed to you within three working days; correspondence materials will be sent out within a week.
We use the information you give us on PayPal to set up your enrolment - if you buy a course for someone else, or your PayPal uses an old email address, please contact us.
What else do I need to know?
There is no compulsory course work, but you will be given the opportunity to try practice examination questions if you are going to take the examinations.
Our candidates enjoy a high level of success in RHS examinations, with over 90% passing on the first attempt and approximately half of those, passing with commendation (that means they achieve 70% or more in the exam).
What can I do after completing this course?
You can go on to study the second theory Certificate, the RHS Level 3 Certificate in Plant Growth, Health and Applied Propagation. Alternatively, you could undertake the RHS Level 3 Practical Certificate in Horticulture, which is assessed rather than examination- based qualification, and work towards the full RHS Level 3 Diploma in the Principles and Practices of Horticulture.
An RHS Level 3 qualification is well respected in the horticultural industry and can help with career progression to a supervisory role for National Trust and many other employers.
After completing your studies at Level 3 you might want to consider the RHS’s own Master of Horticulture, a degree-level qualification which is suitable if you are already employed in horticulture with supervisory experience, or a horticultural degree at a British university.
We also offer you the opportunity to pursue an interest in a garden design with our Practical Garden Design Course. Click here