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Certificate of Higher Education in Landscape Design full time

Bridgwater College

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Certificate of Higher Education in Landscape Design (full-time) Who is the course for? This is an ideal opportunity for people wishing to gain an under graduate qualification with the potential for employment at supervisory level within the landscape design industry or those wishing to become self-employed as landscape designers or landscape contractors. This course has been designed to develop design, horticultural and landscape construction skills and knowledge with research skills and evaluative thinking. What will I study on the course? 8 units: Design principles in practice Drafting and surveying Historical influence in landscape design Industry experience Land-based business management Plant knowledge Principles and practice of hard landscaping Principles of plant and soil science Each unit is worth 20 Bournemouth University credits. All units are compulsory and all must be achieved in order to be awarded the CHE, which consists of 160 credits. What other skills will I acquire? The course will introduce aspects of team working, problem solving and reflective practice, and as part of your studies you will develop skills in formal essay writing, report writing, technical and design drawing, display work and presentations. Whilst working towards the CHE additional qualifications may be taken in conjunction with your academic studies such as C & G 9352 Horticultural Skills Certificate (to enhance and broaden your practical skills), FEPA PA1 and PA6 knap sack spraying, NPTC CS30 Chainsaw maintenance and cross cutting etc. These qualifications will usually incur additional costs. What makes this course special? The practical elements of the course are delivered in the atmospheric setting of a 13th Century Priory which opens up onto an ancient walled garden containing an extensive collection of plants, dedicated hard landscaping workshops and a brand new 1000m2 glasshouse Tutors and lecturers have a wide range of industry and educational experience Students are encouraged to participate in a number of prestigious events including the BBC Gardener's World Live, National Amateur Gardening Show, The Taunton Flower Show and the College's own Wisteria Festival Residential study tour to Holland and many day visits to botanical gardens and stately homes How will I be assessed? Units are assessed using 100% coursework or a combination of 40% examinations and 60% coursework. Coursework elements include written reports, display work, surveys and design projects, drawing work and presentations. Units are delivered using various methods including lectures, seminars, workshops, presentations, group work, discussions and debates. How long is the course? Two days per week for one year combined with self directed study. Will this course lead to a qualification? A Certificate of Higher Education from Bournemouth University. What can I do on completion of this course? Progression with further practical experience to positions such as an assistant role in a private design practice (private gardens and small landscapes), Supervisory or Assistant Head/Head Gardener position for County or District Councils or similar organisation (public parks, schools, housing estates, public spaces), Own Design or Landscaping Business, etc. Alternatively you may progress on either a full or part-time basis to the Foundation Degree, which on completion can be topped-up with a further year of study to a BSc (Hons) Landscape Design at Bridgwater College. How much will it cost? The course fees are ?2,160 per year 2009/10. All full-time students starting in 2009 can apply for a loan to cover their entire tuition fee and a means tested maintenance loan, of up to ?4,950 (less if you live at home) to help cover living costs. Students from low income families may be eligible for a non repayable Maintenance Grant of up to ?2,906. Applications for all loans and grants need to be made through Student Finance England. if you have any queries contact the Student Support team at

Certificate of Higher Education in Landscape Design (full-time) Who is the course for? This is an ideal opportunity for people wishing to gain an under graduate qualification with the potential for employment at supervisory level within the landscape design industry or those wishing to become self-employed as landscape designers or landscape contractors. This course has been designed to develop...

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