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Level 2 Certificate in the Principles of Garden Planning Establishment and Maintenance

Course Code: OSC992
Course Level: 2

Course Overview

Understand the principles of garden planning establishment and maintenance, from home!

Whether you're a keen amateur gardener, thinking of a career change, or want to go further with your gardening business, you can now gain the skills in gardening and horticulture you need for success.

 On the course you will gain sound horticultural knowledge in the following areas:

  • Principles of garden planning and garden plant selection
  • Establishment and maintenance of garden plants and lawns
  • Cultural operations and production methods for outdoor vegetable and fruit crops
  • Protected environments (greenhouses, polythene tunnels and cold frames) and their use in plant cultivation

The course will allow you to study when and where you want, at your own pace. All coursework can be submitted by either post or email making it easier and hassle-free.

All of the materials will be delivered to you by post or online, so it couldn’t be easier. Our experienced and friendly tutors are always a click away by email, giving you advice and helping you through your course.

Develop your interest and knowledge by enrolling now and join the 60,000 students that have already done so.

Enrol now and receive a £25 gift voucher towards your next course.

Course Content

  • Unit 1: Understanding Garden Features, Plant Selection and Planning
    • Carry out and record a garden survey
    • Carry out a site appraisal and record essential data
    • Basic garden planning principles and the elements that contribute to a good design
    • Characteristics of accepted garden design styles
    • The effective and appropriate use of hard landscaping materials
    • The effective use of soft landscaping elements
    • How to incorporate key elements into a cohesive design
    • The importance of safe, healthy, environmentally sensitive and sustainable development of garden sites
    Unit 2: Understanding the Choice, Establishment and Maintenance of Garden Plants and Lawns
    • Plants for seasonal display and their establishment and maintenance
    • Herbaceous perennial plants and ‘bulbs’ for display, and how to grow them
    • Woody plants for display and their establishment and maintenance
    • Alpine and rock garden plants and how to grow them
    • The planting and maintenance of a garden pool
    • The establishment and maintenance of lawns
  • Unit 3: Understanding the Production of Outdoor Vegetables and Fruit
    • Know the importance of site selection for outdoor food production in a garden or allotment
    • Understand the cultural operations used to produce outdoor food crops in a garden or allotment
    • Understand the principles of vegetable crop production
    • Understand the production of top and soft fruit for a garden or allotment
    Unit 4: Understanding Protected Environments and their use in Plant Cultivation
    • Range of types of protected structure, and their use in growing plants
    • The environment provided by a range of protected structures
    • The structural and cladding materials used for a range of protected structures
    • Control of the environment in protected structures
    • Types of container and growing media used for production and display in protected environments
    • The horticultural uses of the protected environment
    • Care of plants in an interior situation

Other Information

  • Assessment

    This course is assessed by a series of written assignments, which are submitted to and marked by your tutor. On successful completion of your course Open Study College will provide you with a Certificate of achievement.

    Course Duration

    You may start at any time and have a full year to complete your studies. We suggest that the course will take approximately 140 hours to complete. This is more than enough time to give you flexibility and work at your own pace without the pressure of deadlines.

  • Study Method

    The course is designed for study by distance learning at home or at work. Students will receive all course materials by post, as well as tutor support by email.

    Course Outcomes

    On successful completion of this course Open Study College will provide you with a Certificate of Achievement.

course questions & answers

What skills are needed to enrol onto this course?

You do not need any previous knowledge to enrol onto this course.

What is included in the cost of my course?
  • Comprehensive study notes
  • Dedicated personal tutor support
  • Dedicated student support
  • Assignment marking and feedback
  • FREE NUS Extra card worth £12.00
  • FREE CV writing service
Do I need to sit an exam?

No. We will issue certification based on your coursework alone.

Are there any additional costs?

No, everything you need is included in the price!

How do I get my work assessed?

Once we receive your work we will mark it and return it to you. On successful completion of the course you will be awarded your Certificate of Achievement in proving your success in the Principles of Garden Planning Establishment and Maintenance.

What do i do if i still have questions?

For further information please contact us.

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