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Garden Planning, Construction and Plant RHS Level 3 Certificate

Shuttleworth Horticulture adults


Garden Planning, Construction and Planting RHS Level 3 Certificate

This course is for seasoned gardeners, either keen amateurs or those looking for a career change. It is classroom based and will give you in-depth knowledge regarding gardening surveying and design principles.

Available Courses
Shuttleworth College
Starts: 22/09/2021
Type: Part Time
Day(s): Wednesday
Time(s): 9:30am - 12:30pm
Length: 1 year
Fees: £940.00
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Course Information

Entry requirements

Whilst there are no formal pre-requisites, it is strongly recommended that you have obtained the Principles of Garden Planning, Establishment and Maintenance RHS Level 2 Certificate
and Principles of Plant Growth, Propagation & Development RHS Level 2 Certificate or equivalent before you commence on this course.

Course content

You will study the following units:

  • Understanding garden survey techniques and design principles (4 credits)
  • Understanding the selection and use of landscaping elements in the garden (4 credits)
  • Understanding the setting out and construction of landscaping elements in the garden (4 credits)
  • Understanding a range of specialist elements in the establishment of garden and urban plantings (3 credits)
Assessment methods

Each unit will be assessed by a separate written examination covering all learning outcomes specified in the unit. Examinations are taken at the end of the course on dates set by the RHS. There are two exams in February and two in June.
Please note: New style qualifications are under discussion by the RHS and may start in September 2022

Funding Information

The College offers an instalment plan for Further Education and Higher Education courses to students where the total amount payable at the point of enrolment is £200 or more. Within the scheme there is an ability to pay up to 6 instalments, depending on the length of the courses and the final payment must be paid at least a month before the end of the course.

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If you are aged 19 or over you may qualify for an Advanced Learner Loan to help you pay the tuition fees for this course. Alternatively, you can pay by instalments to help make the cost of this course more affordable. 

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Additional Learning Support

If you have a specific learning difficulty or disability, are deaf or hearing impaired, our Additional Learning Support team are on hand to give you assistance whenever you need it.

Autism & Asperger’s Syndrome Support

We are committed to developing the provision for students on the autistic spectrum, including Asperger’s Syndrome.


We have access arrangements in place to help students with disabilities or any other particular needs. Call us on 01234 291000 or 01536 413123 for more information.

Additional formats

Course information sheets are also available in large print and audio formats. Call us on 01234 291000 or 01536 413123 to order your copy.