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Landscaping I 100 Hours Certificate Course
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Landscaping Course Online.
Kick-start your career in garden design with this established distance learning Landscaping Course Online, that you can study from the comfort of your own home.
At the end of this 100 hour course you will be able to design a garden and have a foundation for further studies in specific areas of landscape design, development or management. Learn the principles that underpin all design. See how garden styles have evolved over the centuries, and broaden your understanding of how to use different garden components to create varying effects.
You will learn about landscaping gardens and parks, including features and furnishings, types of surfaces to use, the design procedure, plus how to get the best out of lighting, water effects and many other elements required to landscape your clients’ gardens or parks professionally.
Lesson Structure: Landscaping I BHT109
There are 10 lessons:
- Plant Collection
- How to Press a Plant
- Example of a Plant Identification Worksheet
1 Basic Design Procedures
- Horticulture and Landscaping
- Plants Change
- Plant Names
- Botanical Families
- Principles of Landscaping
- Design Elements
- Some Design Effects
- Pre-Planning Information
2 History and Styles of Gardening
- Formal Gardens
- Informal Gardens
- Natural Gardens
- Cottage Gardens
- Oriental Gardens
- Mediterranean Gardens
- Subtropical (Rainforest) Gardens
- Naturalistic Landscaping
- The Permaculture Garden
- Eclectic Garden
- More Styles
- The History of Gardening
- Roman Gardens
- Chinese gardens
- The Dark Ages
- Le Notre
- Capability Brown
- Australian Gardens
3 Drafting and Contracting
- Concept Plans
- Scale Drawing
- Presentation Plan
- Computer Aided Design
- Drawing (Graphics): Scale, What to Draw on, Lettering
- Representing Plants on Landscape Plans
- Design Procedure
- Specifications and Contracts
- Example Layout of a Specification Example
- Knowing Your Work Inside Out Before Starting to Put Together a Specification
4 Basic Landscape Construction
- Drainage and Erosion
- Minimum Grades for Surface Drainage
- Space of Drains
- A Rockery
- A Guide to Mound Making
- Why Build Mounds?
- Shape Size and Composition
- Methods of Earth Shaping
- Obtaining Infill
- Some things to be careful of
- Play Structures – Design Considerations
- Gravel and Bark Paths: Some Guidelines
- Creating a Gravel or Bark Path
- Introduction: Gradients, Maximum Grades for Several Uses
- Artificial Surfacings
- Types of Artificial Surfacings
- Performance Considerations
- Extra Comments
6 Furnishings and Features
- Garden Furniture
- Furnishing a Garden
- Outdoor Tables and Chairs
- Choosing Appropriate Furnishings
- Colour of Furniture
- Garden Art
- Framing the View
- What to Light?
- Layout Considerations for Play Structures
- Height from which a child needs to fall to sustain concussion
- Fountains and Water Displays
- Skate Facilities
- Types of Facilities
- Skate Surfaces
- Skate Safety
7 Park Design A
- Park Components
- Differences between Park and Home Garden Design
- Walls, Fences and Windbreaks
- Enclosed Gardens and Walls
- Gateways and Gates
- How Do Windbreaks Work?
- The best windbreaks
- What is Recreational Landscaping?
- Why Parks are Sometimes Under Used
- Park Design Criteria
- Functional Criteria
- Aesthetic Criteria
- Social Acceptance
- Financial Criteria
- Types of Play Landscapes
- Community Participation – How to Make it Work
8 Garden Design
- Example of Home Garden
- Practical Concerns
- Bringing the Outside in
- Considering the type of room and view you get
9 Design Procedure
- The Design Process
- Groups of Elements
- Components in a Recreational Landscape
- Landscaping Barrow Gardens
- Components in a Recreational Landscape
- Water Garden Design
- Water Effects
- Use of Water Plants
- Formal and Informal Ponds
- Water Quality and Quantity
10 Park Design B
- How to Make Trails
- Planning a Trail
- Types of Trails: Fitness Trails, Sensory Trails, Environmental Trails, Mangrove Trail, Cryptic Puzzle Trail,
- Sporting Facilities
- Gradients for Turfed Playing Surfaces
- Dimensions of Sporting Facilities
- Outdoor Multi-Purpose Courts
- Court Elements
- Fun and Fitness Trails
- Motorised Vehicle Parks: Landscape Impact, Noise Pollution, Fuel Crisis, Safety, Types of Motorized Vehicle Parks
Learning Goals: Landscaping I BHT109
- Distinguish between different plants, to enable identification of the plant species. Understand design elements, principals of design and basic design procedure
- Determine an appropriate style of landscaping for a landscape development
- Develop basic skills of landscape drawing as well as a basic understanding of contracts and specifications
- Discuss the interrelationship between design and construction. Discuss application and availability of materials to ensure efficiency related to good design and construction principles
- Knowledge of what types of materials can be used to cover the ground for various situations, and the gradients or slopes of the ground
- Explain the appropriate use of structures in the landscape; including safety and use of appropriate materials
- Understand the concepts of park and playground design; differentiate between good and bad design
- Describe the characteristics of garden design and how to implement them into a landscape plan, particularly for a home garden situation
- Explain some of the factors involved in landscape design, and how to apply these factors in your design
- Discuss the design of a range of park facilities including trails and sporting facilities
Practical (Set Tasks)
- Explain the complete range of principles, elements and concepts used in landscape design.
- Visit and analyse a broad range of landscape styles, themes and components.
- Perform methods utilised to develop concepts and to create affects.
- Identify, record and utilise pre-planning information for the purpose of design development, and to use a checklist as a guide for surveying a site for a proposed design.
- Perform site survey and client interview with the site owner/manager.
- Explain the significance of effective client liaison, in a specific landscape job.
- Identify historical influences on landscaping.
- Explain the influence on modern garden design, of work by three garden designers who have been prominent in world garden history.
- Develop and compare the appropriateness of three design options for one specific landscape project.
- Draw an extensive range of different landscape symbols on paper, covering soft and hard landscape features.
- Transpose two different landscape drawings, reducing the scale by a specified amount.
- Draw a plan for a landscape, using legible graphic techniques.
- Determine site preparations required for a specified landscape site, including:
- Explain the legal requirements for cleaning up after a landscaping job in your locality.
- Determine suitable timbers for construction of four different types of garden structures.
- Compare the suitability of different materials for surfacing paths, including:
- Local gravels
- Local mulches
- Collect, catalogue and determine appropriate use for different items of garden furniture.
- Design a paved area for a garden surveyed, including: scale drawings and construction instructions.
- Prepare a plant collection of at least eighty different plants incorporating:
- Pressed plant specimens
- Scientific and common names
- Cultural details
- How to use each of these plants in different landscape situations.
- Evaluate established landscapes based on:
- Develop detailed planting designs, including plant lists, for three landscape plans, to satisfy given job specifications.
- Analyse and compare the landscape designs of numerous selected homes and public parks.
- Develop and prepare concept plans for landscape areas such as:
- Outdoor living area
- Kitchen garden
- Childrens playground
- Entry to home
- Neighbourhood park
- Draft a series of four conceptual plans, showing stages in the design of a home garden surveyed.
- Prepare a professional standard landscape design for a client in the learner’s locality, including:
- A landscape plan drawn on tracing paper.
- Materials specifications, including types and quantities.
- Budget details.
Your tutor for this course is:
Assessment is based on a combination of completing all assignments and sitting for a final short one and a half hour exam, in your own location.
If you don’t cope well with exams then you may elect to undertake a project instead. This is a popular option.
In addition, most modules have a Set Task at the end of each lesson placed before the assignment. This is an opportunity to undertake practical work to help you acquire knowledge and skills and practical experience. This ADL feature is an added bonus not found at most online schools. Set Tasks are not required for assessment.
Some courses also have optional Self-Tests which are available on our online learning platform. These are not available by correspondence or by USB, and do not form part of your overall grade.
How our courses work
- Choose Your Learning Method
You choose how you would like to receive your course material, i.e., Online, USB or Correspondence. The choice is yours. You may also work on online or offline.
- Tutor Allocation
Every student is assigned their own dedicated tutor who is an expert in their subject area. They provide as much or as little individual contact as you require. You can contact your tutor whenever you need – your hours are not limited.
- Feedback and Assignments
Tutor Feedback is an essential component in helping you understand the subject matter. Tutor feedback is given in the form of notes written on the assignment. We encourage you to contact your Tutor where help with clarification and understanding of course material may be required.
Your assignments are located at the end of each lesson. You submit them for marking whenever you are ready. There is no time limit.
- Set Tasks and Self-Tests
Most modules have a Set Task at the end of each lesson before for the assignment. This is where you get the opportunity to undertake practical work to help you acquire knowledge, skills and practical experience. Many modules also have short Self-Tests.
Once all assignments have been completed you may then elect to sit for a one and half hour exam in your own location. If you prefer not to take the exam you do have the option to undertake a project instead.
Once the exam or project part of the course is completed, your Certificate is then processed. Please allow approximately 4 weeks for this.
- Design Your Own Qualification
ADL offers students the flexibility to self-design their own qualification – bundling together a combination of 100-hour modules into a qualification higher than a certificate.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Due to our years of experience and wide range of online courses, here are a list of our FAQs and Answers asked by Students.
Q. Do I need to buy text books?
A. No, you are not required to purchase expensive text books for any of our courses, since each module has been written by highly qualified tutors and writers, and our courses are updated on a regular basis, adding new information, methods and knowledge. You are supplied with all “essential” references. Extra books are always useful though, especially for special projects. Tutors will advise you what to buy if you decide you would like to have extra reading material, but it is not essential. Check out our eBookstore if you’re looking for a starting point.
Q. What sets the Academy apart from other institutions?
A. A unique feature of our courses is that we combine knowledge of the subject matter with practical tasks (set tasks, found at the end of each lesson). So you get to do practical components in each lesson. The benefits of this approach are immense: – your skills and knowledge are developed to a much higher level not normally found at other distance learning institutions.
Q. How do the practical exercises (set tasks) work?
A. The practical component of each lesson can be in the form of : Field Research, Networking and Analysis, Conducting Surveys, Growing, Collecting, Photographing and Processes.
Q. Can I pay by instalments?
A. Yes, you can view all available payment options here.
Q. Are there any hidden costs?
A. There are no hidden extras – the tuition fee covers all course material, unlimited tutor support, assignment marking/feedback and any text books where specified and exams. The only extras are for the public examinations fees for the ICB Bookkeeping course and the RHS (Royal Horticulture Society) exams.
Q. Are your courses up-to date?
A. Our courses are continually updated. The course content is rapidly updated and improved without the red tape and bureaucracy experienced at other educational institutions.
Q. Do you have a Cancellation policy?
A. We have a cancellation policy that is fair and equitable. For further details please click here.
Q. What Recognition do you have?
A. The Academy for Distance Learning has various forms of recognition:
These include TQUK (Training Qualifications UK) – an Ofqual Awarding Organisation – ADL is an approved TQUK Centre.
IARC – International Approval Registration Centre, approved member. Accredited Training Provider for ICB (Institute of Certified Bookkeepers) and Approved Distance Learning Provider for the RHS (Royal Horticultural Society) and many more. Our graduates come from many parts of the world and have used our qualifications for successful employment and progression onto higher education. To view our full list of recognition and memberships please click here,
Q. Will I have any opportunity to engage with other students?
A. We have a Student Community group based on facebook! If you don’t have a facebook account already, you could make one just for talking with fellow students on the group.
Q. Why should I enrol with the Academy for Distance Learning?
A. Here at the Academy our students are our priority – we treat every student as a unique individual. This philosophy allows us to nurture those who are “slow and steady” learners rather than letting them fall through the cracks, while catering for those who are in a hurry to complete.
Q. Can I study from anywhere in the world?
A. Our courses are available to anyone, anywhere in the world from the comfort of your own home. The course content is relevant to any country, culture or economy.
Q. Completing the course- how long will it take?
A. Completion of modules varies from student to student. Many factors come into play such as work commitments and family life- there are always distractions. Some students work quicker than others. For a 100 hour module many students will take up to 3- 6 months, others take less time and some are even longer. It’s all up to you. There is no pressure to complete or deadline to finish. Naturally, longer courses will take more time.
Q. What learning formats are there?
A. Your enrollment comes with the Online Classroom study option by default. For a small additional cost you also have the options of USB or Correspondence.
USB: Your course is sent to you on a USB stick, so that you can carry it in your pocket. Ideal for those with unreliable internet connections. This option is an additional £5/module
Correspondence: You download the course content and then print your own copy to your requirements. You can then bind the lessons to suit your needs.
Q. Assessment – how does it work?
A. For each 100 hour module you are assessed by assignments (at the end of each lesson) and a final one and a half hour exam (or you may elect to complete a project instead of sitting the exam) – the choice is yours – you sit for the exam in your own location, or you can visit us in Canterbury, England to sit the exam if want to. Exam fees are included in the tuition fee you paid. You can read more about the examination process here. At the end of each lesson, there is an assignment. You submit it to the academy who then submits it to the tutor for marking, comments and feedback. Our policy is to have a grade for you within 5 to 7 days.
Q. How many assignments do I need to complete for each module?
A. At the end of each lesson, there is an assignment – so if a course has say, 10 lessons there would be 10 assignments. The number of lessons per module varies from module to module. See the course content from our website for further details.
Q. When do I have to hand in my first assignment?
A. There is no deadline for handing in the first assignment. Submit when you are ready. There are some students who hand in assignments within the first couple of weeks of enrolment – while there are others who submit their work 6 months later. It’s all at your own convenience to suit you. Everyone has different work and home commitments and we cater to these needs.
Q. I am having difficulty attending workshops/industry meetings, what can be done?
A. If your course requires attendance at workshops, conferences, or industry meetings; alternative arrangements can be made in your country; however, there may be an additional expense. We can appoint an appropriately qualified person anywhere to work through curriculum documentation supplied by us, to satisfy the requirements set down in a course.
Q. What qualification will I receive?
A. For individual modules, you would receive a Certificate (providing you complete all assignments and the exam). If you just want to complete the assignments only, then a Letter of Achievement would be awarded. For more details on qualifications awarded please click here.
Q. Is there a next level to progress to?
A. Yes – you can progress from one module to a combination of many modules and to higher qualifications i.e. Advanced Certificates, Diplomas and Higher Advanced Diplomas. Read more about course levels here.
Q. Can I customize my diploma/higher qualification?
A. Not all educational institution’s certificates /diplomas meet everyone’s needs. The opportunity to design your own diploma at the Academy (subject to our approval) is an added bonus, not found at other colleges. It’s a very popular option and widely used by many students. You quite simply choose the appropriate number of related modules needed to complete the qualification and submit them to us for approval as a custom diploma.
Q. What do I get when I complete the course? Will I receive a transcript?
A. At the completion of a 100-hour Certificate course and providing all assignments and exam have been completed, you will receive a Certificate and Transcript. The Transcript will list your GPA. Each 100-hour module is worth 3 credit hours.
Q. Do I have to sit for an exam?
A. Exams are optional but need to be undertaken in order to receive the Certificate or higher qualification. Exams are one and a half hours long. You appoint an adjudicator (subject to our approval) to supervise the exam. You sit for the exam in your own location. Its that simple.
Q. I don’t cope well with exams – what can I do?
A. If you feel you don’t cope well with exams you may elect to undertake a Project (set by the tutor) instead of sitting the exam. Many students prefer this option as they find researching the material for the project sharpens their research skills.
Q. If I don’t sit for the Exam do I still get a qualification?
A. If you don’t sit for the exam but complete the project alternative, you will still receive your endorsed qualification. If you don’t sit for an exam or complete a final project, providing you have completed all the assignments you will be awarded a Certificate of Achievement.
Q. Do I have to sit for the exam at the Academy?
A. No – whilst you are more than welcome to come to our location in Canterbury, U.K. and sit the exam in our classroom; the more popular option is to sit for the exam in your own location. You appoint an adjudicator to supervise the exam. Click here for more information on that process.
Q. Our tutors – who are they?
A. We only employ tutors who have are currently active in their industry with at least 5 years of real-world experience. Not only are they highly qualified but also experienced, knowledgeable, and professional- experts in their chosen fields from all parts of the world.
Q. Can I contact my tutor at any time?
A. Yes- you have unlimited access to tutors. We strongly encourage students to develop a dialogue with their Tutor. This is why we encourage students to submit their first assignment fairly quickly at the beginning of the course.
Every Academy student is assigned a tutor who supports you throughout your course and beyond. Your tutor is there to guide and facilitate your learning and provides as much or as little individual contact as you would like. When you submit your coursework the tutor will give you feedback that helps you develop your ideas and provides motivation. For those who do like to have interaction with other students, the ADL discussion forum connects you to students from all over the world.
Q. How do I contact my tutor?
A. You have direct contact with your tutor by email through the Online Classroom. Alternatively, you can write, fax, email, or phone the academy. Leave a message if your tutor isn’t available and they will phone, write or fax back; whatever suits you.
Q. If I don’t understand a question or a lesson may I contact the tutor?
A. You may contact a tutor as often as you like. There is no additional charge or restriction on this service. Contact can be made via the Student Zone, email, or by phone.
Q. Practical work – How is this done?
A. To find out more about this part of the course please visit the section on How Our Courses Work here.
What your tuition fees include
There are no hidden extras
FAQ - RHS Theory Qualifications
If you require further details about any of the RHS industry recognised qualifications please, call one of our friendly RHS Course Advisors on +44 (0)1227 789 649 or email: [email protected]
Q: When can I Enrol/Start My RHS Course With ADL?
A: Anytime, Anywhere. There are no enrolment deadlines.
Q: I live Overseas. Can I Study From Overseas?
A: You can study any of the RHS theory qualifications overseas. All courses are offered in English. You will need to email RHS Qualifications direct to arrange sitting for your examination overseas.
Q: Is There a Time Limit for Completing an RHS Qualification?
A: At present there are no time limits. However, RHS is contemplating in the future, the introduction of course time-lines.
Q: Are There Any Entry Requirements (Pre-Requisites)?
A: The RHS Theory courses do not require prerequisites, previous experience or any knowledge of horticulture. You just need passion for all things horticulture.
Q: What Course Should I Start With First? I Am New To RHS Qualifications.
A: We highly recommend that you start with Level 2 – Principles of Garden Planning, Establishment and Maintenance.
Q: What Does ADL Course Material Include?
A: Includes Power Point Presentations, Videos and written course lessons.
Q: When Do Exams Take Place?
A: Exams are held on fixed dates in February and June of each year. You should register as a candidate at least 3 months before these dates, so please do not leave exam registration to the last minute
Q: Where Do I Take My Exams?
A: UK: You take the exams at the RHS Wisley Centre, located between Cobham and Ripley in Surrey or at other authorised RHS centres around the UK.
Overseas: please email RHS qualifications direct for centre information.
Q: Exam Pass Marks?
A: Module – pass 50%. Commendation 70%.
Qualification: 50% pass for all modules.
Commendation awarded for all modules.
Each question carries a value of 10 marks.
Q: I’m Not Happy With My Exam Results?
A: You have the opportunity to re-sit your exam at the next opportunity.
There are no restrictions on the number of re-sits you can take. The highest mark you achieve will remain.,