advanced diploma in horticulture - landscaping

The Advanced Diploma in Horticulture (Landscaping) is a broadbased qualification which allows you to work across several professional industry sectors. On successful completion, this course opens up your career to management positions in landscaping, general horticulture and garden design, as well as teaching.

By signing up to the Garden Design Academy's Advanced Diploma you are enrolling in one of the most comprehensive landscape horticulture courses available. You will understand plant science, plant identification, plant care, irrigation, soils and nutrition, horticultural management and all aspects of landscaping and landscape design. You are able to choose electives in fields of interest that will help you to realise your ambitions within the industry.

An exceptionally sound and comprehensive program for a career in landscape design, construction or related industries.

This program is unique in many ways:

-Tutors come from many countries, creating greater diversity in what you learn.

-We offer a stronger training in plant knowledge than many other schools

-Much more than a standard Vocational course focussing on competencies ... this course helps you develop industry contacts, a capacity to confront and solve problems relevant to landscaping, and an ability to adapt to change in an industry which is and will remain, rapidly changing.

This course is made of 24 modules and offers approximately 2,400 hours of study. Note that each module in the Advanced Diploma in Horticulture (Landscaping) is a course in its own right, and may be studied separately.

Compulsory modules

  1. Biochemistry (Plants)
  2. Instructional Skills
  3. Business Studies
  4. Workplace Health and Safety
  5. Horticultural Resource Management
  6. Horticultural Marketing
  7. Horticulture 1
  8. Landscaping 1
  9. Landscape Construction
  10. Soil Management
  11. Engineering 1
  12. Botany 1

Elective subjects: five from the following:

  1. Landscaping 11
  2. Landscaping 111
  3. Water Gardening
  4. Playground Design
  5. Turf Care
  6. Permaculture Systems
  7. Advanced Permaculture
  8. Irrigation
  9. Horticulture 11
  10. Arboriculture 1
  11. Herb Culture
  12. Roses

Optional electives

Up to 200 hours of additional studies including First Aid and management studies.

Workplace oriented research

Two Research Projects modules must be undertaken to satisfy the 200 hour nominal duration.

Industry meetings

The student must provide evidence of participation in 100 hours of relevant industry meetings, seminars, workshops, or work experience. Any fees incurred are the responsibility of the student.


Two PBL based workshop modules build your practical knowledge and ability to apply what you learn in the real world.

Enrolment fees do not include exam and workshop fees.

Each lesson of each module (there are more than 200 lessons) culminates in an assignment which is submitted to the Academy, marked by the Academy's tutors and returned to you with any relevant suggestions, comments and if necessary, extra reading.

Working with Colin Elliott, an experienced professional horticulturist, business manager, landscaper and garden designer, this course is about as comprehensive as it gets.

Advanced Diploma in Horticulture (Landscaping) - Course cost: £ 5,495.00 (single payment rate).

Also available in staged payments

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