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Why choose this qualification?
The Gateway Qualifications Level 3 Certificate in Plants and Planting Design has been designed to enable learners to develop specialist knowledge and skills in readiness for setting up a planting design business.
The Level 2 and 3 Certificate qualifications can be used in conjunction with other horticultural qualifications for those new to the land based sector.
The Level 3 Certificate in Plants and Planting Design enables progression to other vocationally related qualifications such as the Level 3 Diploma in Garden Design, or to further learning opportunities within employment, or further study in the garden design sector.
Rules of Combination
Learners must achieve a minimum of 24 credits. 15 credits must be achieved from the Mandatory Group, 3 credits from Group OA and a further 6 credits being achieved from Group OB. Learners cannot achieve both the Essential Enterprise Know How or Garden Design Customer Service units as these are barred against each other.
What is the purpose of this qualification?
This qualification is designed to be taken by learners interested in developing specialist knowledge and skills in readiness for setting up a planting design business.
What skills, knowledge, or understanding does this qualification develop?
The Gateway Qualifications Level 3 Certificate in Plants and Planting Design (QCF) has been designed to enable learners to develop specialist knowledge of plants and skills in readiness for setting up a planting design business.
Units in this qualification are related to the Level 3 Horticulture National Occupation Standards (NOS) (2010) developed by Lantra.
This qualification requires learners to complete the following mandatory units:
- Plants and their Environment
- Plant Studies
- Garden Design Documentation and Legislation
- Garden Design Solutions
- Essential Enterprise Know How
There are additional optional units of which learners must complete at least two of the following:
- Plant Observation and Analysis
- Planting Design Appraisal
- Plant and Garden History.
Which sector does this qualification support?
This qualification will enable learners to develop specialist knowledge and skills in readiness for employment or self-employment in the garden design sector.
What are the progression options?
Gateway Qualifications Level 3 Certificate in Principles and Practice of Garden Design (QCF) enables progression to other vocationally related qualifications such as the Level 3 Diploma in Garden Design (QCF), or to further learning opportunities within employment, or further study in the garden design sector.
Progression & entry requirementsThis Level 3 qualification is designed for open access without the need for prior attainment in the specific area. It is however recommended that learners have prior subject knowledge, for example plants knowledge. The qualification is available to younger learners aged 18+ and adult learners 19+.
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