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FdSc Foundation Degree in Landscape Design

Bridgwater College

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FdSc Foundation Degree in Landscape Design 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 in the first year: ? 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 6 units in the second year: ? CAD for landscape design ? Designing with plants ? Environmental science ? Land-based project management ? Landscape management ? Research project Each unit is worth 20 Bournemouth University credits. All units are compulsory and all must be achieved in order to be awarded the Foundation Degree in Landscape Design, which consists of 280 credits . What is special about studying at Bridgwater College? ? 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 Colleges own Wisteria Festival ? Residential study tour to Holland and many day visits to botanical gardens and stately homes. 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 FdSc 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. 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 years full-time for two days a week combined with self directed study. The Certificate in Higher Education must be undertaken as the first year of the Foundation Degree. Will this course lead to a qualification? A Foundation Degree in Landscape Design from Bournemouth University What can I do on completion of this course? Enter employment (with further practical experience) to positions such as a junior designer/technician in a private design practice (private gardens and small landscapes), Technical Officer for Landscape within County or District Councils (Public parks, schools, housing estates, public spaces), own design or landscaping business, planting plan designer within a nursery etc. Alternatively progression on to a one year top-up to a BSc (Hons) Landscape Design at Bridgwater College. How much will it cost? The course fees are ?2,160 for 2009/10 per year, with material costs of approximately ?95, optional residential ?220 and visit ?30. All full-time students starting in 2009 can apply for a loan to cover their entire tuition

FdSc Foundation Degree in Landscape Design 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...

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