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If you are applying through a school or college you will need to have your 'buzzword' available before registering on the UCAS website for the first time. If you are not applying through a school or college you will need to answer a set of eligibility questions.

To find our higher education programmes on the UCAS website please remember to search under the Institution Code G70 (for the University of Greenwich) with H as the Hadlow College campus code.

BA (Hons) Garden Design

Horticulture and Garden Design
Horticulture and Garden Design
Horticulture and Garden Design

Involving the study of creative arts in combination with natural science, graduates are well equipped to take up positions as garden designers and landscape consultants. You will be encouraged to visit a range of gardens, parks and landscapes throughout the UK and Europe to develop your design skills and gain a further understanding of garden planning. New topics and interests will be constantly covered so as to stretch and stimulate.

For more information on the BA (Hons)Garden Design degree programme please see our dedicated microsite on the Rural University Experience you can expect from Hadlow College.

Landscape Institute

Course Duration:

Full Time

College Attendance:

3 years, full-time

UCAS Institution Code:

G70 (University of Greenwich)

UCAS Code:

K311 H BA/GDes


Hadlow Campus

Course Content:

Year 1 - Level 4

  • Horticultural Principles and Practices (30)
  • Visual Design Communication (30)
  • Spatial and Three Dimensional Studies (15)
  • Landscape Materials and Assembly (15)
  • History and Philosophy of Garden Design (15)
  • Work Based Learning (15)

Year 2 – Level 5

  • Garden Design 1: Ideas, Theories and Context (30)
  • Garden Design 2: Client, Process and Presentation (30)
  • Sites, Survey and Planning (15)
  • Planting Design (15)
  • Site Practices and Technology (15)
  • Work Based Learning (15)

Year 3 – Level  6

  • Design Dissertation: Masterplan and Narrative (30)
  • Design Dissertation: Development and Detail (30)
  • Future Thinking Topics (15)
  • Garden Restoration and Management (15)
  • Garden Design Marketplace (15)
  • Professional Studies (15)

Assessment Method:

Coursework (design portfolio presentations, written reports, practical assignments and CAD work) as well as written exams and plant identification tests.

Entry Requirements:

  • 96 UCAS points made up from A’ Levels, preferably one in a science-based subject. These points should have been made up over two years of studying at Level 3, or
  • A minimum of a Merit grade from a relevant vocational Level 3 Extended Diploma.

All applicants should have GCSE Grade C or above in English and maths and preferably science.  In addition, applicants will either need a Level 3 qualification in Art, or be able to demonstrate an artistic portfolio at interview.

Additional Experience:

Applications from mature students without the standard entry qualifications, or who are working in the industry, are welcomed.

Progression Routes:

Successful students can progress onto a related MA or post-graduate landscape architecture programme.



Specialist Equipment Needed

Protective clothing, footwear, a horticultural knife and secateurs.

Available Clothing

Horticulture Hooded Top

Horticulture Polo Shirt (Purple)


  • Extensive glasshouse facilities
  • Field nursery stock production
  • Computer controlled environmental and irrigation systems
  • Fruit and container production units
  • Plant propagation centre
  • Fully equipped landscape training centre
  • Demonstration garden for leading national retailers
  • Fully labelled plant collection throughout the College grounds
  • 10 acres of landscaped gardens and two National Collections within Broadview Gardens
  • Fully commercial garden centre

Typical Employers

Local authorities, nurseries, garden centres, publicly and privately owned gardens, commercial landscaping companies.

Industry Links

Students benefit from a wide range of links with commercial nurseries, research institutes, organic producers, public and privately owned gardens as well as exposure to the retail world through our onsite garden centre. The College is also a member of the Royal Horticultural Society; NCCPG and the Hardy Plant Society.

Please note that all programme specifications and course modules are subject to annual change.

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