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City and Guilds Level One Certificate / Diploma in Land-based Studies- Landscape Garden Design and Construction

About the course

This practical course is an ideal first step towards a career in Landscape garden design and Construction, it provides a basic introductory ‘hands on’ approach and will involve designing and building a Show Garden in the Award Winning Myerscough Gardens. The course will involve hard and soft landscape skills, design and construction. Students will complete a Certificate Qualification in Year One and have the option of completing a Top Up Diploma qualification in Year Two. This programme provides an ideal first step for students considering post 16 study in Landscape, Horticulture and Construction as it covers basic skills from each of these disciplines.

The course will be assessed using a variety of methods including practical observations, written assignments and one externally assessed test each academic year.

Parents/Schools, please note when completing the application form you must use child’s name and DOB but the parent/school email and telephone number. All official documents, interview and enrolment information will be emailed on the parent/school email provided and this could be anytime from the time of application through to September. If the email changes it is important you let us know. Failure to do so could lead to the application being withdrawn from the process.

Course modules

Year 1

Plant selection

Plant flower bulbs for naturalisation or bedding

Introduction to garden design

Maintain hand tools

Establish an even gradient or level between two fixed points

Lay paving slabs

Mix mortar or concrete

Build a simple brick wall

Year 2

Care for a planted area

Plant flower bulbs for naturalisation or bedding

Cultivate land by single digging or forking

Practical skills for footpath and surfacing work

Lay paving blocks on sand

Maintain paved areas

Maintain wooden structures with water-based preservative

Lift, divide and plant herbaceous perennials

Entry requirements & additional information

Entry requirements

Students need to be 14 or over and have functional English and Maths skills. Students should have some interest either as a hobby or potential career in the areas of Landscape, Construction or Horticulture.

Your school or Home Educating Parent or Guardian must complete Application Form Part B before your application will be processed.

Learning and assessment

The course is assessed through a combination of written and practical assessments.


Students who successfully complete the course may wish to study full time at Myerscough or at another college. Apprenticeships are also available through the College.

Special requirements

Sensible outdoor clothing is expected for practical work. Steel toe-cap boots/wellingtons are essential and overalls are recommended for practical sessions. Students should also have suitable waterproof clothing for wet weather.


Landscaping involves the design, construction and maintenance of urban and rural environments – to develop ‘greener living’ in these areas. It’s a real government focus and includes everything from gardens, parks, streets, waterways, leisure facilities and open spaces through to large urban redevelopments. There are fantastic career opportunities as the landscape industry is made up of nearly 8,000 businesses employing around 140,000 people, including local authority departments, heritage garden attractions and commercial landscape companies.

Elliott Smith - Landscape award winner
Elliott Smith - Landscape award winner

They say: Elliot Smith

"Myerscough ticked all the right boxes for the landscape studies that I had my heart set on. The Level 3 Diploma course is brilliant, and I particularly liked the balance between practical and theory-based work."