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 Diploma in Garden Design (QCF) has been designed to enable learners to develop design skills and knowledge of both plant requirements and garden design solutions required within the garden design industry.
Achievement of this qualification meets the required standard for occupational competence to function as a professionally competent garden designer and, in addition, enables the learner to develop the additional business and customer service skills required to run a successful garden design business.
The units relate to the Level 3 Amenity Horticulture National Occupational Standards (NOS) (2008) developed by Lantra.
On completion of this qualification learners will be equipped to progress to employment within the garden design industry.
This qualification requires learners to complete the following mandatory units:
- Garden Design Process and Development
- Garden Design Solutions
- Garden Design Principles
- Plant Studies
- Garden Design
How is this qualification different from other, similar qualifications?
The qualification is part of a suite of Garden Design qualifications. You should take the Diploma if you need a broad programme before progressing into employment or further learning
Which sector does this qualification support?
This qualification is designed to help learners to develop the skills, knowledge and understanding to undertake the role of a Garden Designer with an employer or will enable the learner to develop the skills to set up their own business.
These qualifications are recognised by Lantra as meeting the required standard for occupational competence in the garden design sector.
What are the progression options?
Learners could progress onto further specialist qualifications in planting design. The qualification is part of a suite of Garden Design qualifications. You should take the Diploma if you need a broad programme before progressing into employment or further learning.
Progression & entry requirements
This 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+.