Certificate of Higher Education Landscape Studies - Writtle University College
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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
48 UCAS tariff points, to include one GCE A level grade C/4 or above
Irish Certificate
48 UCAS tariff points, to include 2 x B3 or H3 higher
Scottish Highers
48 UCAS tariff points, to include 1 x B & 1 x C
International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma
Total (IB) Diploma point score of 24 or more
BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma
BTEC Level 3 Diploma

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.

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
  • Lectures
  • Tutorials
  • Coursework
  • Studio seminars
  • Practical sessions
  • Fieldwork
  • 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
  • Essays
  • Reports
  • Plant identification tests
  • Presentations, group and individual
  • Critiques
  • Charettes

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.

An award in landscape studies can lead to a wide range of opportunities. Typically, graduates from Writtle are employed by small scale garden design or landscaping companies. Enterprising students can set up their own businesses and start to work alone or in collaboration with their fellow graduates.

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.

Our graduates can also continue to study and aim for a higher degree in Landscape Architecture and Garden Design at Writtle, either following the landscape architecture route and topping up to earn a DipHE Landscape Design and even a BSc (Hons) Landscape Architecture after that, or following the garden design route to earn first a DipHE Garden Design and a BSc (Hons) Landscape and Garden Design if studying further

Find out what our Landscape Architecture and Garden Design students have been up to.