Prepare for further learning or training and/or develop knowledge and/or skills in a subject area
Qualification Grading Type
Why choose this qualification?
The Gateway Qualifications Level 2 Certificate in Garden Design has been designed to enable learners to develop the underpinning plant knowledge and drawing skills required to enter the garden design industry.
The Level 2 and 3 Certificate qualifications can be used in conjunction with other horticultural qualifications for those new to the land based sector.
Learners achieving the Level 2 Certificate in Garden Design could progress on to VRQs to achieve occupational competence in garden design, such as the Gateway Qualifications Level 3 Certificate in Garden Design or the Gateway Qualifications Level 3 Diploma in Garden Design.
Rules of Combination
Learners must successfully complete 27 credits. All 24 credits from the mandatory units must be completed. A minimum of 3 credits are taken from the optional units.
All credits in this group must be achieved.
Garden Design Process
Graphics and 3-Dimensional Studies for Garden Design
Planning for Garden Design
Plant Selection and Care
Plant and Soil Science
A minimum of 3 credits must be achieved from this group.
Garden Design: Creating 2D Objects and Layout Plans using Computer-Aided Design
Garden Design: Creating 3D Objects, Garden and Planting Plans using Computer-Aided Design
Hard Landscaping Materials and Features
Planning for a Garden Design Project
What is the purpose of this qualification?
This qualification is designed to be taken by learners interested in pursuing a career in garden design but who need to learn more and build up their knowledge and skills before progressing to further learning at a higher level.
What skills, knowledge, or understanding does this qualification develop?
The Gateway Qualifications Level 2 Certificate in Garden Design (QCF) has been designed to enable learners to develop the underpinning plant knowledge and drawing skills required to enter the garden design industry.
It equips learners with the skills and knowledge required to progress to the next level of learning in Garden or Planting Design.
This qualification requires learners to complete the following mandatory units:
- Plant and Soil Science
- Plant Knowledge
- Planning for Garden Design
- Plant Selection and Care
- Graphics and 3-Dimensional Studies for Garden Design
There are additional optional units of which learners must select at least one of the following:
- Planning for a Garden Design Project
- Hard Landscaping Materials and Features
How is this qualification different from other, similar qualifications?
The qualification is part of a suite of Garden Design qualifications. You should take the Certificate if you need a period of learning at level 2 before progressing to before progressing to a level 3 Apprenticeship or to a level 3 qualification, or employment (with further training where possible).
Which sector does this qualification support?
This qualification is designed to help learners to develop the skills and knowledge required to become a practiced garden designer.
What are the progression options?
Learners achieving the Level 2 Certificate in Garden Design (QCF) could progress on to vocational qualifications to achieve occupational competence in garden design, such as the Gateway Qualifications Level 3 Certificate in Garden Design (QCF) or the Gateway Qualifications Level 3 Diploma in Garden Design (QCF).
Progression & entry requirementsThe Level 2 Certificate in Garden Design (QCF) is designed for open access without the need for prior knowledge or attainment in the specific area. It is available to younger learners aged 18+ and adult learners 19+.
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