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Principles of Garden Planning, Construction & Planting RHS Level 3 Certificate

This course is for seasoned gardeners, either keen amateurs or those looking for a career change. It is classroom based and will give you in-depth knowledge regarding gardening surveying and design principles.

Entry requirements

Whilst there are no formal pre-requisites, it is strongly recommended that you have obtained the Principles of Garden Planning, Establishment and Maintenance RHS Level 2 Certificate and Principles of Plant Growth, Propagation & Development RHS Level 2 Certificate or equivalent before you commence on this course.

Course content

You will study the following units:

  • Understanding garden survey techniques and design principles (4 credits)
  • Understanding the selection and use of landscaping elements in the garden (4 credits)
  • Understanding the setting out and construction of landscaping elements in the garden (4 credits)
  • Understanding a range of specialist elements in the establishment of garden and urban plantings (3 credits)

Assessment methods

Each unit will be assessed by a separate written examination covering all learning outcomes specified in the unit. Examinations are taken at the end of the course on dates set by the RHS. There are two exams in February and two in June.

Funding information

If you are aged 19 or over you may qualify for an Advanced Learner Loan to help you pay the tuition fees for this course. Alternatively, you can pay by instalments to help make the cost of this course more affordable. Find out more about your payment options and how your loan could be written off at

Course Information & How to Apply

The deadline has now passed and we are no longer accepting applications. Please register your interest here for our part-time courses starting from September 2020.

LengthStart DateDay(s)Time(s)FeesLocationCourse Code
32 weeks 25/09/2019 Wed 9.30 am - 12.30 pm £940 Shuttleworth College B793


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Additional formats
Course information sheets are also available in large print and audio formats. Call us on
01234 291000 to order your copy.
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