This NQ Landscaping Design Construction and Management course provides instruction in the skills and knowledge required for a career in landscaping. It covers a range of subjects including hard and soft landscaping plus planning and design and is intended to prepare you for self-employment or employment in the landscaping industry and for progression to higher education.
What will I learn?
Course delivery is through both practical and theoretical study and you should be prepared for a degree of classroom study.
- Design and planning
- Plant identification
- Soft landscaping
- Protected crop production
- Hard landscaping
- Garden fence construction
- Landscape design
Employer and industry links
The College works with a range of public and private sector employers, agencies and industry lead bodies to ensure that the course is relevant to the sector’s needs.
Jobs and further study
Successful students can go on to study HNC/HND awards in higher education or progress to the City and Guilds Horticulture course.
Entry requirements (minimum)
- Two passes at National 4 / Standard Grade, to include numeracy and English; or
- A collection of units in a related subject, NC Horticulture level 4, or NC Landscape Design and Construction at SCQF level 4
- If you have relevant work experience you may be admitted without formal qualifications
- If you do not meet the entry criteria for your chosen course, you may be offered an alternative course in the same subject area.
Entry to the course is by interview. You should have a keen interest in either hard or soft landscaping and enjoy working outdoors. A reasonable level of fitness is also desirable.
Making an application
For courses starting in August, you can make up to two applications.
Applications are made to a course and a first choice of campus. If the course is oversubscribed at your first choice you will be automatically considered for alternative sites and may be made an offer without a further application.
You will receive an automated email confirming that we have received your application and will be in contact as per the following stages:
- You will be invited to attend a 15 minute interview. Please bring a copy of your qualifications with you to the interview. To be successful, you must demonstrate good knowledge and understanding of the subject areas within the land-based sector.
- Interviews will take place within four weeks of application
- You will be informed of the outcome by email within 10 days of interview.
The outcomes are:
- Unconditional offer: you have met all of the entry criteria and your place is guaranteed
- Conditional offer: your place is secured pending you meeting the Entry requirements , this may mean achieving school or college qualifications which you may not be able to provide at the time of interview
- Waiting list: you may have met all of the entry criteria however the course if full. If any places become available you may be contacted – usually around the start date of the course
- Unsuccessful: you have not met the entry criteria for this course.
The Student Advice Centre can be contacted to discuss alternative options if you are unsuccessful.
Once an offer is received you must reply within 10 working days or risk losing your place.
Once you have accepted your offer, you will be sent further information, for example Student Funding, Joining Instructions and Induction Date.