Level 3 RHS – Principles of Garden Planning, Construction and Planting

Royal Horticultural Society Level 3 Certificate in the Principles of Garden Planning, Construction and Planting

RHS horticulture

This RHS horticulture course expands and builds upon the ornamental and landscaping knowledge gained at our level Royal Horticultural Society Level 2 certificate in the Principles of Horticulture.

Key facts

  • Start date: September 2021
  • Duration: The course is studied every Monday from 9.30am - 1.00pm.
  • Location: Brooksby
  • Fees: Course fee - £470 (VAT exempt)
    £100 non refundable deposit
    Optional Exam fee - £108

Your future

This RHS horticulture course is suitable for those who are looking to progress into employment or self employment within the horticultural industry.

You may also be interested in joining our Level 2 Aspects of the Domestic Garden.

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Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements but it is advised that you would have already completed the Level 2 Certificate in the Principles of Horticulture, or have a GCSE in English and/or Science grade A-C. A short telephone interview may be carried out.


  1. Selection and use of landscaping elements in the garden
  2. Setting out and construction of landscaping elements in the garden
  3. Design, theory and garden survey techniques
  4. Specialist elements in the establishment of garden and urban plantings


  • Overview of the history of design styles
  • The design process in practice
  • Practical use of automatic levels
  • Production of scale drawings
  • Evaluation of both hard and soft landscape features such as paths, patio, walls, fence, trees and hedges
  • Plant selection for specific situations
  • Setting out from scale plans, steps, walls, fences and pergolas
  • Construction of rock and water features
  • Specialist garden areas such as courtyards, roof gardens and woodland areas
  • Specialist pruning techniques
  • Sustainability e.g. Water conservation, recycling, green roofs

What will you gain?

  • An extensive knowledge of horticulture practices
  • Be able to plan and design a variety of gardens
  • Be able to identify a range of plants
  • A recognised Royal Horticultural Society qualification

Royal Horticultural Society Courses at BMC

The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) has a long history dating back to 1804, it was founded originally under the name of the Horticultural Society of London by Sir Joseph Banks and John Wedgewood, the main aim of the society was to collect information about plants and encourage good horticultural practice.

The Royal Horticultural Society has active science and educational departments and offers a variety of educational opportunities, from lectures on specific topics and courses leading right through to the Master of Horticulture qualification.

BMC has been involved with the society programmes for many years. The qualifications are aimed at those people who not only wish to pursue a career in horticulture, but also for those leisure gardeners who wish to have their knowledge formally assessed.

For more information about RHS courses at BMC, click here.

How to apply?


Click here to read the Short Course Booking Procedures.

Once you are ready to apply, please print off a copy of the application form then complete and return this to us.  The form can be found here