Garden Design SCQF Level 5

What is special about this course?

Design your dream garden.

During this course you’ll be guided to design a garden space which could be your own garden or that of a friend, a local school, or any other suitable location (your lecturer will give you advice about this).

You’ll learn about the principles of design, how to gather a client brief or decide what you really want from your own space, how to carry out a basic site survey, and how to create a design, drawn to scale, for your site.

You will receive guest lectures from Chelsea Flower Show award winning designer Amber Crowley who will show you various projects that she has designed and built as well as supporting you to produce the best design you can for the garden you choose to design in your project.

You will need: a drawing pencil, A3 paper, ruler, set compasses. The following items may also be helpful: Scale ruler, circle template, colouring pencils or paints.

Entry requirements

There are no entry requirements, just an enthusiasm for design.

In this course you will learn about:

  • Garden design principles such as the use of colour, mass and void, rhythm, scale and proportion, light and shade, focal point, flow and more.
  • The techniques used to survey a garden site and how to use that information to design appropriately.
  • The legislation that restricts certain design and build choices for various sites such as building control and planning permission.
  • How to draw a garden plan to scale.
  • You will also develop problem solving and communication skills by completing this course.


You will need: a drawing pencil, A3 paper, ruler, set compasses. The following items may also be helpful: Scale ruler, circle template, colouring pencils or paints.

How will I study my course?

  • Part Time
  • Evening
  • Online

Live and interactive classes are delivered online and you can join these classes from any one of our local learning centres or from home if you have adequate broadband and a PC or laptop with camera and microphone.


How long will my course last?

10 Weeks

Where can I study my course?

    • UHI Argyll

Start date

24th January 2023

The course will run on Tuesday evenings from 6-9pm with a short break during the class.


Scottish resident full-time students will automatically have their course fees paid for this course.   

Part-time FE students will also have free access to  this course in January 2023 and should complete a Fee Waiver Discretionary Jan 23

This course is not available to students who require a Tier 4 Home Office visa to study in Scotland (international or EU). 


What can I do on completion of my course?

A knowledge of design not only improves your appreciation of gardens but can lead to various career opportunities for those wishing to take It further such as becoming a Garden Designer, Landscape Architect or adding design skill to a career in gardening or horticulture.

Is there more information available online?

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This is a great opportunity to enjoy some creative time with like minded people in the comfort of your own home and to be guided by lecturers to produce a beautiful design for your garden.

Amber Crowley, Curriculum Lead

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We are delighted that you are thinking about studying at UHI Argyll. UHI Argyll operates a fair and open admissions system committed to equality of opportunity and non-discrimination. We consider all applications on merit and on the basis of ability to achieve, without discrimination on grounds of age, disability, gender identity, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity status, race, religion and/or belief, sex, sexual orientation or socio-economic background. We welcome applications from all prospective students and aim to provide appropriate and efficient services to students with disabilities.