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Practical Garden Design (New)

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Please note that some places are still available for this course starting at Ryton on 13th September, although the last booking date has passed and the automatic booking has been removed; please contact our Administrator to book.

This course provides you with the opportunity to apply principles of garden planning (for example, the RHS Level 2 Certificate in Garden Planning) in a more practical way, by undertaking units from the City & Guilds Level 2 Award in Practical Horticultural Skills (7573). The units are carefully selected to tie in with the RHS course and cover assessing soil characteristics, carrying out a site survey, drawing up site plans, creating  a basic design and using your plant identification knowledge to  create planting plans.

What will I study?

For the Certificate from the City & Guilds Level 2 Award in Practical Horticulture Skills (7573) you will study six units.  These are:

·       161 Assess soil condition and texture (and pH) 2 Credits

·       243 Carry out a site survey in two dimensions  5 Credits

·       244 Draw up a two-dimensional site survey 3 Credits

·       248 Produce a basic garden design 5 Credits

·       249 Produce a planting plan 3 Credits

·       240 Identify plants by name 5 Credits

What is covered?

Click here for the City & Guilds Level 2 Award in Practical Horticulture Skills (7573) which provides you with a complete overview of the City & Guilds course.

How is it delivered and assessed?

The City & Guilds Level 2 Award in Practical Horticulture Skills (7573) is a practically- based qualification; teaching consists of some classroom work (including the completion of a portfolio of evidence) and practical teaching involving demonstrations, practice, and the assessment of learned techniques and skills.

The knowledge element of  each unit is assessed by evidence submitted on a proforma provided by the Awarding Body (City & Guilds). The practical skills are assessed by the lecturer delivering the course against the standards specified by the Awarding Body and a record of assessment is provided which is kept in the portfolio of evidence with other work. The portfolio will be used as evidence to support an application for certification from The Awarding Body ( the portfolio can be returned to the learner on request once the processes of verification and certification have been completed after the end of the course).

Course materials will be provided for each of the topics being assessed.  You will be given the opportunity to read around the subjects being taught and assessed to prepare yourself adequately for assessments, and to work on preparing material for your portfolio at home.

What qualification will I get?

For the City & Guilds Level 2 Certificate in Horticultural Skills; when you have passed the minimum number of units (consisting of 18 credits) you will be awarded The City & Guilds Level 2 Certificate in Practical Horticultural Skills, listing all units which were achieved during the course.

What is the cost and venue(s)?

The City & Guilds Level 2 Certificate in Practical Horticultural Skills; Tuition fees are 525.00, The City & Guilds registration fee is £ 44.00, The certification fees for the 6 units are £ 24.00, total payable £593.00 plus VAT @20% is £ 711.60

What is the enrolment process?

Complete the online enrolment form by clicking here or on the 'Enrol for this course' button above.

Please note course places, are limited; completing the form does not guarantee that a place is available on the course you have chosen, our administrator will contact you to confirm your place. Shortly before the course begins you will be sent joining instructions.

What else do I need to know?

This course is based on portfolio work and the successful completion of practical tasks,  and does not have any examinations.

What can I do after completing this course?

You can go on to study either of the RHS theory Certificates, or from 2022  the new RHS Level 2 Certificate in Horticultural Principles. Alternatively, you could undertake the RHS Level 2 Practical Certificate in Horticulture.