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HNC/HND Garden Design

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

Encompassing a wide variety of activities - including practical work - that crosses the divide between art and science, graduates address the core issues involved in the design and implementation of gardens.

For more information on the HND Garden Design programme please see our dedicated microsite on the Rural University Experience you can expect from Hadlow College.

Course Duration:

Full Time

College Attendance:

2 years, full-time

UCAS Institution Code:

G70 (University of Greenwich)

UCAS Code:

013K H HND/GDes

Campus

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)

Students may choose to extend this course by a year and spend the second year in a paid work placement within the sector. (This is not a compulsory sandwich placement year).

Assessment Method:

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

Entry Requirements:

48 UCAS points made up from A levels, preferably one in a Science based subject, or a relevant Level 3 vocational qualification. All applicants should also have a GCSE grade C or above in English, Maths and Science.

Additional Experience:

Applications from mature students without the standard entry qualifications, or who are working in the industry, are warmly welcomed. Applicants without a relevant art qualification will be required to produce a portfolio of life drawings.

Progression Routes:

Successful students can progress onto the BA (Hons) Garden Design programme. Alternatively, they may pursue careers in one of the creative or technical consultancies which exist. Successful students can progress onto the BA (Hons) Garden Design programme. Alternatively, they may pursue careers in one of the creative or technical consultancies which exist.

Specialist Equipment Needed

Protective clothing, footwear and secateurs.

Available Clothing

Horticulture Hooded Top

Horticulture Polo Shirt (Lavender)

Horticulture Polo Shirt (Purple)

Horticulture Rugby Shirt

Resources

  • 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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