City & Guilds Level 2 Diploma

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course outline

This City & Guilds Diploma is intended for those interested in garden design as a career path or amateurs wishing to improve their design skills. Whether working in garden development or horticulture, you will gain the necessary skills required to produce professional garden designs.

The course covers all the fundamental elements of garden design and includes both contemporary and historical design influences. Completion of site survey, scaled plans, final design and planting plans culminate in students being responsible for the design and build of the prestigious Plumpton College show garden at the South of England Show, Ardingly. Complimentary knowledge of soils and plants underpin the professional design practices. 

Course code: GDP011 

Entry Requirements:

No formal entry requirements 

Dates & Location:

Dates: 27th September 2017- 14th June 2018 (Wednesday & Thursday)

Time: 10.00- 15.00

Site: Stanmer Park


2 days per week for 30 weeks


Learning Level: Level 2

Aged 16-18£0
Aged 19-23 and do not hold a level 2 qualification in any subject£0
Aged 19 – 23 and holds a level 2 + qualification in any subject£995
Aged 24+ (on the first day of the course)£995
Unemployed, looking for work and on state benefit£0


Our horticulture facilities at Plumpton are pretty impressive. In fact you’ll get to experience one of the finest natural locations in the country, perfect for developing your creativity. Whether indoors or outdoors, you’ll be able to build your skills in an excellent environment.

  • Discover our extensively planted areas on-site at Plumpton

As you build your knowledge, you’ll be able to gain a wide experience of being able to identify and maintain different plants.

  • Experience our endangered plant collections at first hand

You’ll be able to experience our Black Poplars and National collection of Hebes, in addition to our endangered plant network connection with Kew Gardens.

  • Grow plants all year round here

We’ve got an excellent large area under glass where you’ll be able to grow plants without the risk of the weather, up to a commercial level.

  • Build even more skills at Plumpton

You’ll be able to develop your brickwork skills and paving at our large landscaping centre.

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