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

UCAS Code: K310

This course prepares students for a working life in garden design, landscape design, and landscape architecture in a range of scales and applications, from residential gardens to parks, theme parks, and public gardens. 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) in Landscape and Garden Design 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.

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

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Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL/APEL)

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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
  • Studio practicals
  • Field work
  • Group work
  • Workshops
  • Personal development planning
  • Site visits
  • Study tours

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.

Graduates of the BSc (Hons) in Landscape and Garden Design 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 garden design business. Some go on to work in garden design or landscape architectural practices, while others find employment in the public sector. There are also opportunities to become specialists in areas such as horticulture and landscape maintenance. The creativity and versatility, as well as analytical and business skills prepare graduates for a vast range of career possibilities.

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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