Garden Design Level 3 Diploma

Our course code: X332

Course fee £375 or from £28 per month

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Develop The Skills To Turn Any Garden Into A Floral Wonderland

Have you an eye for natural beauty? You stroll past neighbouring gardens and your imagination goes wild. You think in images: vibrant rose borders, 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. Enrol today to start blooming.

What’s involved in our online Level 3 Garden Design Course?

A gardener’s dream, you’ll make the most of nature by learning the key aesthetics of garden design. Discover the rich history behind the origins of garden design and find how and out where it all began. You’ll start by exploring the features of various garden styles, such as Medieval, Tudor and Victorian gardens.

Moving forward, you’ll look at how to plan, assess, and transform gardens into award-winning masterpieces. To do this, you’ll consider the impact of soil, sun and shade, time and budgeting during the planning process.

You’ll also examine elements, shaping and proportions of gardens that enable designers to keep lawns and boundaries in shape when designing their dream enclosure. The course will finish by looking at a range of practical ideas for various shapes and styles of garden.

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 homeowners 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 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 help a garden to make an impression
  • Designing gardens – how and where to start
  • Design solutions for potential gardening problems
  • Plants potentially harmful to people
  • Practical ideas for various shapes and styles of garden
  • How to budget and plan a dreamy garden
  • And so much more…

Grow your gardening, landscaping and horticultural skills by learning the key elements of garden design.

  • Study with winners

    We’re an award-winning learning provider and have been recognised for our cutting-edge learning techniques.

  • 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 and support as you want from your personal course tutor via email and phone.

Study Hours

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

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.

Course Duration

You have up to a year to complete this course and we have included a suggested number of study hours. The TQT is 450 hours, which is more than 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 an additional fee, which also extends your tutor support.


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 certificate of completion and competency.

Additional Information

Difficulty - 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.

Course Content

1: The History of Garden Design
  • Medieval Gardens
  • Tudor Gardens
  • Stuart Gardens
  • Georgian Gardens
  • Victorian Gardens
  • 20th-Century Gardens
2: Introduction to Practical Garden Design
  • What Do You Want From Your Garden?
  • First Steps
  • Consider the Practical Limitations
  • Assessing the Versatility of A Pond Feature
  • Starting with The Essentials
3: Assessing the Garden
  • Soil
  • Slopes & Changes in Level
  • Drainage
  • Enhancing Garden Design for a Mature Garden
  • Sun and Shade
  • The Soil & Climate
4: Budgeting and Planning Garden Design
  • How Much Will Your Client be Able to Afford to Spend?
  • Phased Planning for Water Features
  • Schedule of work for Garden Development
  • Example of a Phased Budget in a Garden Design
5: Timing Considerations
  • Basic Principles of Timing in Garden Planning
  • Knowing your Soil
  • Sources of Soil Pollution
  • How Soil Pollution Affects Plants
  • Benefits of Selenium for Plants and Soil
  • Improve Selenium Content of Soil
  • Safety and Timing Considerations for Fertiliser Application
  • Pruning
  • Timescale for Impatient Gardeners
  • Making Progress While Using a Phased Approach
6: The Design - How and Where to Start
  • Achieving Harmony in Your Garden Design
  • Using Materials to Create Patterns and Finishing Touches in Your Design
  • Using Plants to Create or Enhance Patterns and Themes
  • Use of Colour in Garden Design
  • Colour Transformation
  • The Effect of Colours in “Re-sizing” Your Garden Space
7: Elements of the Garden
  • Walls
  • Recycling the Material from the Foundation Trench
  • Choosing the Materials for Building
  • Legal or Planning Restrictions on Building Garden Walls
  • Safety Concerns
  • Patios and Paving
  • Designing Your Garden
  • Climbers and Shop Bought Panels
  • Metal Arches
  • Basic Garden Sheds and Other Utility Buildings
  • Beds, borders and planting
8: Shapes and Proportion of Gardens
  • The Shape of Your Lawn
  • Ornaments and Garden Furniture
  • Where to Place Garden Furniture
  • Designing Your Garden
  • Garden Design Checklist
9: Managing Transformations
  • Quick and Easy Transformations
  • Achieving a Quick Boost or Lift
  • Topiary
  • Creating a Focal Point
  • Water Features
  • Making Drainage Improvements
10: Design Solutions for Problem Gardens
  • Dealing with Problems
  • Individual Gardens May have Individual Problems
  • Other Problems and Possible Solutions
  • Problems of a Steeply Sloping Garden
  • Urban Influences
  • Irrigation Systems
  • 11 Problems, Symptoms and Remedies
11: Practical Design Ideas for Various Shapes of Garden
  • Design Ideas to Ensure Optimum Use of Outdoor Space
12: Practical Ideas for Various Styles of Garden
  • Practical Considerations in Planning to Develop a Formal Garden Style
    • Preparing the Land
    • Defining the Perimeter
    • Vertical Interest
    • Greenery
  • The Family Garden
  • Plants Potentially Harmful to People
  • Zones & Grass Covering
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Frequently Asked Questions

We have some answers to common student questions, but if you can't find the answer you're looking for then please contact us and we will do everything we can to answer your questions.

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 the specified duration of your course.

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.

Most students finish comfortably within the course duration period given. However, if you do need more time, your personal tutor support can be extended for an additional fee.

Please check our main FAQs section or Contact Us, we have experienced course advisers who will be delighted to help!