Terms and conditions

Upon enrolling in a course with the Academy, a student is entering a legal agreement under common law in which they agree to abide by the conditions of enrolment (including meeting stated payments), in exchange for the service offered by the institution in the delivery of the course.

  • Courses, course notes and materials are not to be sold, loaned, copied, or used in any way outside of the pursuit of studying the course by the person who is enrolled in the course, unless permission is sought and granted in writing by the principal.
  • Course Duration: Short Courses (ie: 60 to 120 hrs duration) should be completed within 12 months of enrolment. Certificates, Advanced Certificates and Diplomas (ie. Over 500 hours duration), should normally be completed within 3-5 years of enrolment.  We reserve the right to charge an additional fee beyond these periods.
  • We warrant that the courses, course notes and materials will be of satisfactory quality but do not warrant that they will be error free.
    We warrant that we will perform any services provided with reasonable skill and care.
  • If you are sitting an external examination at the end of your course, we will provide you with such information as we have in our possession to assist you in making such examination arrangements. In all other respects, you will be solely responsible for making arrangements to enable you to sit the examination and for any and all fees in relation to them.

Payment options

Short Courses (100 hour courses)

We offer two methods of payment:

  1. Pay the fees in full at the lowest price.
  2. Pay in two parts: the first part when you enrol, the second part 60 days later.
The total cost of option 2 is greater than paying in full at the start.

Longer courses

We offer three methods of payment:

  1. Pay the fees in full at the lowest price.
  2. Pay in two parts: the first part when you enrol, the second part 60 days later.
  3. Pay in three or four parts (depending on the course). The first part when you enrol, the second, third and fourth parts at 60 day intervals.

The total cost in options 2 and 3 is greater than paying in full at the start.

Residential courses

The cost of these are divided into their two elements:

  1. Course fees are paid in full when booking.
  2. Accommodation charges are paid on arrival.

PAYMENT METHODS

The easiest way to pay for your course is to use the Buy Now button at the bottom of the course description. This will open up a site allowing you to pay by credit card or Paypal account in any currency.

Alternatively you can request our bank details by email and pay directly from your account to ours.

Finally, you can ask for an invoice and pay by cheque.

CANCELLATION POLICY

In a situation where a student wishes to cancel or change their enrolment, as a gesture of goodwill the Garden Design Academy will allow the following options. A student may only take up one of these options once.

Please read the following options and apply in writing to the Administration Manager

1. For a period of 14 days from enrolment, a refund (less £100 administration fee per module, will be given if the student notifies the school's administration department in writing. For this to apply, a letter must be received within the 14 day period, either by fax, email, mail or delivered in person.

The onus is on the student to ensure and confirm that written notification of withdrawal is lodged. The school will not be responsible for messages going astray.

Note: If course notes have already been sent to the student; they must be returned before the refund is paid.

2. For a period of 30 days following receipt of the material; a student may apply for special consideration; to swap their course for another course

*The application for special consideration must be made in writing (not by telephone), and be accompanied by a letter explaining why the student wants to change the enrolment.

*These options only apply if the student has not yet submitted any assignments

*An administration fee of £100 will apply in these circumstances

*The school will provide credit for monies paid for the original enrolment, against the new enrolment (ie. new course or person), but will not give any monetary refund or credit against other purchases.

*Following written notification by the school of acceptance, the old course notes must be returned to the school within 2 weeks for it to be valid.

3. For a period up to 2 months following receipt of the material, a student may apply to transfer their enrolment to a friend, relative or colleague who they have found, and who agrees to take over the enrolment.

  • An application for special consideration must be made in writing (not by telephone), and be accompanied by a letter of explanation.
  • This application only applies if the student has not yet submitted any assignments
  • An administration fee of £150 will apply in these circumstances.
  • The school will provide credit for monies paid for the original enrolment, against the new enrolment (ie. new course or person), but will not give any monetary refund or credit against purchases other than courses.

4. At any time during enrolment the student may apply to defer their studies for a 6 or 12 month period. Such an application must be supported in writing by documentation that explains why they cannot continue their studies for a period of time (eg. a letter of explanation). Recommencement fees may apply, please contact the school for more details.

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