Certificate of Higher Education Landscape Studies
UCAS Code: K320
Writtle University College is well-known for its design-oriented approach to Landscape Architecture and Garden Design (LAGD) education, and the Landscape Studies course is the entry to a rich and diverse scheme of the profession.
The Certificate of Higher Education in Landscape Studies allows, within the context of a one-year and 120-credit course, the varied aspects and skills of landscape architecture and garden design to be explored and developed. These include a basic knowledge of horticultural practices, botanical knowledge, landscape technology, creative thinking, spatial awareness and drawing office practice.
The course is designed for those who wish to become proficient in the basics of the specific skills of landscape architecture and garden design. The programme will enable students to develop the practical and intellectual skills needed to design gardens and landscapes and to understand the complexities of the industry on behalf of clients and contractors to a competent standard.
UCAS Tariff Points
GCE A Levels
International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma
BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma
BTEC Level 3 Diploma
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.
Writtle University College welcomes applicants studying Access to HE Diploma courses. For more information please contact Admissions.
Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL/APEL)
The acquisition of knowledge and understanding is approached through an emphasis on student-centred learning and a studio ethos. The following list shows the variety of learning and teaching methods experienced on this course.
- Design studio sessions
- Studio seminars
- Practical sessions
- Group work
- Practical project work
Assessment methods in the Landscape Studies 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
- Plant identification tests
- Presentations, group and individual
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.
CertHE graduates are often experienced landscapers who wish to improve their design capabilities and their general understanding of landscape architecture and garden design to improve their businesses.
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