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Landscape and Garden Design, B.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
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With our strong connections with the garden design and horticulture industries, the Landscape and Garden Design programme of Writtle University College aims to expose you the rich history and tradition of garden design in the UK and prepare you for the exciting opportunities and challenges for gardens in the 21st century and beyond. This course will lead you through the design of domestic scale gardens and working with clients through to larger scale public parks and gardens, looking for new opportunities for parks, gardens and green spaces to exist in the urban setting and wider landscape positively contributing to the lives of those who use them.

The course will enable you to express your artistic and environmental concerns for our world and are explored through the range of design projects. You will work on both hypothetical and live design projects to test and expand your ideas responding to individual clients through to larger scale projects in the public realm.

Set within our unique and stimulating campus grounds your studies are placed in the context of real world problems and opportunities to design better places in the age of climate emergency. Our dedicated design studio spaces and 200 Hectare University College campus are in the heart of the Essex landscape. An amazing place to live and work, you are located close to opportunities presented by London, its arts and culture and world class design projects such as Kings Cross, The Southbank and the Queen Elizabeth Olympic park, but also the rural, industrial and coastal landscapes that provide constant inspiration and stimulation for landscape design projects.

Learning & Teaching Methods

Learning is typically project-based, lectures, tutorials, seminars, peer-learning and collaborations, site visits and study tours, as well as substantial one-to-one help and advice to help you to develop your creativity and practical skills to a professional level. In the third year your final design project brings together your knowledge, research interests and experience in a project that will be part of an exhibition to promote you and your work to potential employers.

Studio based learning is an immersive experience. Drawing, making and experimentation support more traditional teaching practices. Hands on experience, working with plants in our campus grounds makes design teaching at Writtle University College, a unique experience from other design schools. How we engage with the land helps us to think about landscapes, and there is a fluid interaction between studio teaching, our wider campus and beyond. As you progress through the course you are supported toward independent learning:

  • Lectures
  • Guest speakers and professional juries
  • Studio seminars
  • Workshops
  • Field work
  • Personal development planning
  • Student conferences
  • Site visits
  • Study tours

Career Prospects

Graduates of the BSc Honours Landscape and garden design can realise their dreams of setting up their own garden design business while others go on to work in garden design, landscape architectural practices or in the public sector .

There are also opportunities to become specialists in areas such as horticulture, planting design and landscape maintenance. Creativity and versatility, as well as analytical and business skills explored and developed on the course prepare graduates for a wide range of career possibilities.

Our graduates take their creative skills into a wide range of careers that aim to improve landscapes and gardens and tackle contemporary issues and concerns such as climate change, population growth, improving health and wellbeing, improving ecological and sustainable approaches to design and food security. All these areas require trained landscape professionals and you may apply for positions with the following:

  • Landscape architecture practices
  • Garden design companies
  • Local authorities
  • Public parks and gardens
  • Private estates
  • Landscape planning offices
  • Landscape/ project management companies
  • Urban design practice
  • Landscape Heritage Organisations

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
  • Credits
    360 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Spatial Design Studio
  • Context, Meaning and Form Studio
  • Landscape History and Cultural Landscapes
  • Ecological Principles and Planting Theory
  • Site and Concept Studio
  • Materials, Methods and Technologies

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

General Requirements

  • UCAS Tariff Points: 96
  • GCE A Levels: 96 UCAS tariff points, to include one GCE A level grade C or above
  • Irish Certificate: 96 UCAS tariff points, to include 3 x B1 or H2 higher
  • Scottish Highers: 96 UCAS tariff points, to include 3 x B
  • International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma: Total (IB) Diploma point score of 24 or more
  • Proof of qualifications and grades
  • A personal statement or statement of purpose
  • An academic reference
  • Proof of your level of English Language
  • A letter from your sponsor guaranteeing your financial support
  • A copy of the photograph page from your passport.
  • Details of your immigration status: including a photocopy of your visa or Biometric Immigration Document if you are already in the UK

Tuition Fee

  • International

    12100 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 12100 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • EU/EEA

    9250 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 9250 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
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Living costs for Chelmsford

  • 660 - 1140 GBP/month
    Living Costs

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