BSc (Hons) Landscape Architecture - Writtle University College

BSc (Hons) Landscape Architecture

UCAS Code: WK23

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  • This course prepares students for a working life in landscape architecture and urban design in a range of scales and applications, from parks, streets, and squares to masterplans and regional plans. Accredited by the Landscape Institute, this course may lead to Chartership as a professional landscape architect. Thoughtful, creative approaches to design process encourage work that improves quality of life and quality of the environment on every site.

    BSc (Hons) Landscape Architecture encourages the development of landscape design skills through making and drawing, both digital and hand-rendered. A physical engagement with plants and green spaces is coupled with a sound background in the history and theory of landscape architecture and urbanism. An understanding and appreciation of professional practice, from working with and presenting to clients and managing projects, is also covered in this course.

    Learning is typically project-based, either in landscapes with actual clients, or in hypothetical situations that work with real-life issues or problems. Typically, projects are guided and/or student-led. Lectures, tutorials, seminars, peer-learning and collaborations, site visits and international study tours, as well as substantial one-to-one help and advice allow students to develop their creative and practical skills to a high degree. In the third year students bring together all their knowledge and research interests in a project that will be part of an exhibition to promote students and their work to potential employers.

  • Course Modules

  • Information about each module can be viewed by clicking on the module title within the table below.

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  • Entry Requirements

  • The following information provides students with the entry requirements for this particular course.

    Applicants whose academic achievements are below those listed will still be considered on presentation of a strong portfolio of past work during interview.

    UCAS Tariff Points
    GCE A Levels
    96 UCAS tariff points, to include one GCE A level grade C or above
    Irish Certificate
    96 UCAS tariff points, to include 3 x B1 or H2 higher
    Scottish Highers
    96 UCAS tariff points, to include 3 x B
    International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma
    Total (IB) Diploma point score of 24 or more
    BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma
    BTEC Level 3 Diploma
    C & G Level 3 Advanced Technical Extended Diploma (720)
    Distinction (96)
    C & G Level 3 Extended Diploma
    Merit (96)
    C & G Level 3 Advanced Technical Extended Diploma (1080)
    Merit (96)
    C & G Level 3 Diploma
    Distinction (96)

    Please note:
    An equivalent or higher combination of grades to that indicated above will also be accepted.

    All applicants must hold a minimum of four GCSE passes at grade C or above to include English, Maths and Science.

    Access course
    Writtle University College welcomes applicants studying Access to HE Diploma courses. For more information please contact Admissions.

    Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL/APEL)
    Information about our Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL/APEL) policy can be found on our Higher Education Regulations and Policies page.

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  • Learning & Teaching Methods

  • Learning and teaching is in the style called 'studio education' - an intensive and immersive experience involving much practice and creative involvement.

    Classroom teaching and seminars supplement and support this learning. How we think about landscapes is as important as how we make them, and the history and philosophy of landscape and garden design is embedded in the studio teaching. Independent student learning is supported by:

    • Lectures
    • Guest speakers and critics
    • Studio seminars
    • Laboratory practicals
    • Field work
    • Group work
    • Workshops
    • Personal development planning
    • Student conferences
    • Site visits
    • Study tours

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  • Assessment Methods

  • Assessment methods in the undergraduate Landscape and Garden Design Programme are very rarely through conventional written examinations.

    Modules are assessed through an extensive range of methods that test a wide variety of skills and competencies including:

    • Design Projects
    • Exhibitions
    • Visual presentations
    • Spoken presentations
    • Case studies / precedent studies
    • Essays
    • Reports and illustrated reports
    • Practical projects
    • Seminars
    • And, only occasionally, written examinations

    Most assessment is individual, but some is through group work, which tests students' ability to work on a team. The ability to work on a team is a crucial workplace skill. Assignments are often constructed to build workplace skills and employability, and assessment is geared towards evaluating these skills. The programme also seeks to build the 'whole person,' and assignments and assessments reflect this larger aspiration as well. The range of assessments is designed to allow all students the opportunity to discover where they excel.

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  • Career Prospects

  • Graduates of the BSc (Hons) in Landscape Architecture take their creative skills into a wide range of careers.

    With increased pressures on our landscapes and gardens; issues and concerns such as climate change, population growth, the health agenda, ecological and sustainable approaches to design, and food security all require trained landscape professionals to work within these areas of concern.

    There are many opportunities for employment in:

    • Landscape architecture
    • Garden design
    • Local authorities
    • Public parks and gardens
    • Landscape planning
    • Landscape management
    • Project management
    • Urban design

    Many realise their dreams of setting up their own landscape architecture practice. Some go on to work in landscape architecture, architecture, and/or urban design practices, while others find employment in the public sector. There are also opportunities to become specialists in areas such as regional planning or landscape maintenance. The creativity and versatility, as well as analytical and business skills prepare graduates for a vast range of career possibilities.

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  • After Completion of Your Course...

  • The course provides the necessary academic underpinning for progression onto an appropriate postgraduate course.

    Graduates regularly progress onto the MA Landscape Architecture at Writtle (a necessary step in gaining Chartership) or may also consider courses in planning, management, or urban design, for example.

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  • Professional Accreditation

  • Both the Landscape Architecture and the Landscape and Garden Design Degree are accredited by the Landscape Institute and the International Federation of Landscape Architects (IFLA).

    For more information, visit the Landscape Institute or the International Federation of Landscape Architects (IFLA) website.

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