BSc (Hons) Landscape and Garden Design - Writtle University College
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BSc (Hons) Landscape and Garden Design

UCAS Code: K310

Our Landscape Institute accredited BSc. Honours Landscape and Garden Design course prepares students for an exciting career in landscape and garden design. With our strong connections with the garden design and horticulture industries, this degree course aims to expose you the rich history and tradition of garden design in the UK and prepare you for the exciting opportunities and challenges for gardens in the 21st century and beyond. This course will lead you through the design of domestic scale gardens and working with clients through to larger scale public parks and gardens, looking for new opportunities for parks, gardens and green spaces to exist in the urban setting and wider landscape positively contributing to the lives of those who use them.

The course will enable you to express your artistic and environmental concerns for our world and are explored through the range of design projects. You will work on both hypothetical and live design projects to test and expand your ideas responding to individual clients through to larger scale projects in the public realm.

Set within our unique and stimulating campus grounds your studies are placed in the context of real world problems and opportunities to design better places in the age of climate emergency. Our dedicated design studio spaces and 200 Hectare University College campus are in the heart of the Essex landscape. An amazing place to live and work, you are located close to opportunities presented by London, its arts and culture and world class design projects such as Kings Cross, The Southbank and the Queen Elizabeth Olympic park, but also the rural, industrial and coastal landscapes that provide constant inspiration and stimulation for landscape design projects.

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/4 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.

Learning is typically project-based, lectures, tutorials, seminars, peer-learning and collaborations, site visits and study tours, as well as substantial one-to-one help and advice to help you to develop your creativity and practical skills to a professional level. In the third year your final design project brings together your knowledge, research interests and experience in a project that will be part of an exhibition to promote you and your work to potential employers.

Studio based learning is an immersive experience. Drawing, making and experimentation support more traditional teaching practices. Hands on experience, working with plants in our campus grounds makes design teaching at Writtle University College, a unique experience from other design schools. How we engage with the land helps us to think about landscapes, and there is a fluid interaction between studio teaching, our wider campus and beyond. As you progress through the course you are supported toward independent learning:

  • Lectures
  • Guest speakers and professional juries
  • Studio seminars
  • Workshops
  • Field work
  • Personal development planning
  • Student conferences
  • Site visits
  • Study tours

Our range of assessments are designed to allow all students the opportunity to discover where they excel. Across the three years of full-time study you will develop your own area of expertise. Our assessment strategy supports this by building knowledge that surrounds your own areas of interest and that supports your individual approach to design. This is done in the knowledge that our industry is multi-faceted and cross disciplinary and that the ability to work in a team is essential. We offer the opportunity to meet and work with other professionals supporting you to work with others collaboratively across disciplines and professional networks.

Assessment methods in the undergraduate Landscape and Garden Design Programme offer varied approaches that support you and prepare you for the world of employment. Each year assessments are designed to build your confidence and aptitude and include:

  • Design projects
  • Visual presentations
  • Verbal presentations
  • Specialist planting design classes
  • Case studies / precedent studies
  • Essay writing
  • Technical and illustrated reports
  • Practical projects
  • Seminars
  • Exhibitions
The BSc (Hons) Landscape and Garden Design encourages the development of landscape design skills through making and drawing and engaging with our plant collection. This will enable you to develop the skills to work with other design professionals and develop new landscape sensibilities and sensitivities .

The studio environment mirrors a professional practice and you will have a dedicated desk space, drawing board, model-making facilities, photographic equipment, storage space and access to computers with a range of contemporary industry design software packages.

The studio culture provides the time and the space to work creatively and share ideas. Set within the heart of the main University College campus and ornamental gardens our studios have immediate access to the gardens that will inform your work.
Our Landscape Talk series host prominent landscape architects and garden designers as well as experts including horticulturists, artists, landscape managers, planners as well as garden and architectural historians .

These talks are open to all our students, staff and alumni. Students have had the unique opportunity to hear talks from experts including Martha Schwarz Partners, Tom Stuart-Smith Landscape Design, Arup, BDP, Townshend Landscape Architects, Gillespies, The Landscape Partnership, The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS), Gill Wynee-Williams Associates, Peter Piet and many more.
Graduates of the BSc Honours Landscape and garden design can realise their dreams of setting up their own garden design business while others go on to work in garden design, landscape architectural practices or in the public sector .

There are also opportunities to become specialists in areas such as horticulture, planting design and landscape maintenance. Creativity and versatility, as well as analytical and business skills explored and developed on the course prepare graduates for a wide range of career possibilities.

Our graduates take their creative skills into a wide range of careers that aim to improve landscapes and gardens and tackle contemporary issues and concerns such as climate change, population growth, improving health and wellbeing, improving ecological and sustainable approaches to design and food security. All these areas require trained landscape professionals and you may apply for positions with the following:

  • Landscape architecture practices
  • Garden design companies
  • Local authorities
  • Public parks and gardens
  • Private estates
  • Landscape planning offices
  • Landscape/ project management companies
  • Urban design practice
  • Landscape Heritage Organisations
Both the BSc Honours Landscape and Garden Design and BSc Honours Landscape Architecture are accredited by the Landscape Institute (LI) and the International Federation of Landscape Architects (IFLA) .

We are a member of European Council of Landscape Architecture Schools (ECLAS) and we are supported by the Society of Garden Designers (SGD) for which we hold Educator Status.

For more information, visit the websites for Landscape Institute, the International Federation of Landscape Architects (IFLA) and Society of Garden Designers.

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