Garden Design Level 3 Diploma

Have you an eye for natural beauty? You stroll past neighbouring gardens and your imagination goes wild. You think in images: vibrant rose boarders, 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.

A gardener’s dream, you’ll make the most of nature by learning the key aesthetics of garden design. You’ll discover the origins of garden design to planning, assessing, shaping and transforming gardens into award-winning masterpieces. Like the sights and scents of a glorious orchard in June, our garden design course will leave an everlasting impression. You’ll also acquire the distinctive ability to craft dynamic landscapes that meet the needs and desires of home owners and garden lovers everywhere.

Now’s the time to start crafting those spectacular ideas you’ve been dreaming of, whether Persian gardens or Zen paradises. Enrol today and study from anywhere – even enclosed secret gardens in the heart of the countryside.

When studying our Garden Design Course Level 3 Diploma, you’ll learn about:

  • The history of garden design, from medieval to contemporary
  • A diverse range of distinctive garden styles
  • Elements that make a garden make an impression
  • Designing gardens – how and where to start
  • Design solutions for potential gardening problems
  • Practical ideas for various shapes and styles of garden
  • Budgeting and planning when designing your dream enclosure
  • And so much more…

Harness your gardening, landscaping or horticultural skills with our Garden Design course. It's time to focus on the finer details to make any garden pop.
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At your own pace

Study this course as quickly or slowly as you wish; we’ll work at a speed that suits you.

Unlimited Tutor Support ™

Get as much help as you want from your personal course tutor via phone and email.

Awarding body: NCFE Customised Qualifications
Our course ref: X332

NCFE is one of the largest awarding bodies in the UK.  Over 340,000 thousand students were awarded certification by NCFE last year through over 2,000 colleges and training providers nationally. With a heritage stretching back over 150 years.

Study Hours

Guided learning hours is 120. However, you’ll also be expected to allocate hours for writing assignments and additional research

Course Duration

You have up to a year to complete this course and we have included a suggested number of study hours. This is usually ample time for learners, even with full-time jobs and other commitments. Don’t worry if you go over the year though, we can organise an extension to your course for a small fee, which also extends your tutor support.

Study Method

The course is specially designed for study by distance learning. Throughout the course, there will be self-assessment questions, and tutor marked assignments (TMAs), to enable you to monitor your progress.


Each unit is followed by a written tutor-marked assignment (TMA), which is submitted and then marked by your tutor. You will not be required to take an external exam.

Course Outcomes

At the end of this course, successful learners will receive a NCFE Customised Qualification.  You can read more about NCFE here.  Tens of thousands of people each year further their education and career with an NCFE award.

Additional Information
Level 3
Entry requirements
There are no formal entry requirements for this course, however, it is recommended that you have an intermediate ability to read and write English.
Section 1
The History of Garden Design

You will have access to your personal tutor, via email and telephone, who will mark your assignments and guide you through the course. In addition, you will be supplied with a comprehensive Study Guide which will help you through the study and assessment process. Your personal tutor will be highly experienced in their subject area and qualified to teach.

You don’t need any prior skills in the subject area to start.  However, as with all of our courses, we recommend a reasonable level of English reading and writing ability.

We provide all the specially written learning materials you require to study this course at home. The course fee also includes tutor support for 12 months.

You will receive everything you need to complete this course within the study pack we send to you.

No, this course is assessed by coursework alone.

No, all of the study materials are supplied within your learning pack.

That’s fine, this course can be studied anywhere and is completed by submitting Tutor marked assignments (TMAs).

Please check our FAQs section or Contact Us, we are happy to answer any questions you have.

No. While you can choose to write your assignments by hand, the majority of students type up their work in a word processor and then submit it via email to their tutors. A typed essay is much easier to save and edit and makes it easier for tutors to read.

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