Myerscough College Certificate Garden Design Skills

About the course

This course is designed for students who wish to develop their garden design potential. The course will provide the skills to carry out site surveys, create client briefs and produce a range of garden design drawings. There are no formal qualifications needed to enroll to the course, you just need a keen interest in developing your garden design skills. The course runs for 30 weeks, on Mondays from 10.00am - 3.00pm, starting Monday 17th September 2018. The course fee is £825.

We all know designing a garden can be a daunting task but with training and the use of a range basic design tools you can create a beautiful and functional garden. The design process involves a series of operations which allows the designer to gather information about the potential clients, their garden and what they want from the redesign of their garden.

Course modules

Year 1

Site Surveying, levelling and setting out

Prepare landscape and garden design briefs

The principles of landscape and garden design

Meeting and interviewing potential clients

Establishing terms of business with clients

Evaluation of the existing planting

Evaluation of the existing hard landscaping

Assessing any existing features

Surveying site dimensions and topography

Production of site base plan

Production of the client brief

Production of concept plans for the site

Finalising design ideas with the client

Plant selection

Production of a scale plan of the new garden

Possible production of isometric, perspective and constructional drawings

Presentation of the finished plan to client

Selection of hard landscaping materials and features

Presentation of concept ideas to the client

Advanced Technical Certificate (360) – Year 1

Additional information

Learning and assessment

The course will be delivered one day per week using a range of methods. These will include, lectures, presentations, practical activities, garden visits, drawing workshops and portfolio workshops. The course is divided into three topics; “Site Surveying, Levelling and Setting Out”, “Prepare Landscape and Garden Design Briefs” and “The Principles and Practices of Landscape and Garden Design”. The subjects can be studied individually or as a complete course over one year.

The course will assessed using a range of activities to include the following:

  • Carrying out surveys

  • Production of survey drawings

  • Marking out a site from plan drawings

  • Mark out level from a datum

  • Client interviews

  • Garden visits

  • Production of material, site and planting evaluations

  • Creation of professional documentation used within the design process

  • Creation of concept plans

  • Selection of materials, features and planting to fit the client needs

  • Presentations of design ideas to your client

  • Production of a range of design drawings

  • Creation of a professional design portfolio

Assessments will be through a mixture of assignments, interviews, presentations and practical assessments.


The skills gained during the course and the production of a professional design portfolio will provide evidence to any future clients of your ability to carry out the tasks needed to produce a garden design.