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Advanced Horticultural Trades (Level 4) (Landscape Design)

New Zealand Certificate in Horticulture Services (Level 4) with strands in Landscape Design


  • Offered Full-time Semester 1
  • Also offered part time (full year)
  • 60 Credits
  • Fee Guideline: To be Advised*Fee free if under Māori and Pasifika Trades Training
  • Blended delivery (on campus, online support)
  • Hamilton Gardens Campus

In this programme you will study the essentials of Landscape Garden Design, learning the knowledge and skills you need to be able to design and produce professional residential Garden plans.



Landscape Design Strand

Module CodeModule NameLevelCredits Pre-Requisites Co-Requisites Assessment Standard
LADE410Garden Design Principles410   
LADE402Plants and Planting Design420   
LADE403Garden Design Representation410   
LADE411Computer Aided Garden Design45


LADE412Garden Design Practice415   

Entry Requirements:

  • 24 credits at NCEA Level 1 including 12 credits in English or Māori; or equivalent.

Special Admission
Domestic applicants aged 20 years or above who do not meet the entry requirements but whose skills, education or work experience indicate that they have a reasonable chance of success may be eligible for Special Admission. Special Admission will be granted at the discretion of the Centre Director or designated nominee. Such applicants may be required to successfully complete a foundation, bridging or tertiary introductory programme as a condition of entry into higher level programmes.

Provisional Entry
Domestic applicants aged under 20 years who do not meet the entry requirements but who can demonstrate a reasonable chance of success through other educational attainment and/or work or life experience may be eligible for Provisional Entry at the discretion of the Centre Director or designated nominee. Provisional Entry places restrictions on re-enrolment to be lifted if the applicant’s performance is deemed satisfactory by the Centre Director or designated nominee.

Selection Criteria
Candidates without relevant qualifications may be required to participate in an interview and selection process. The following may be considered in the selection process:

  • The completion of a Study Skills Assessment to demonstrate the level of academic skill necessary to successfully complete the programme.
  • Previous experience working in the horticulture sector. May include previous employment, voluntary work.
  • Personal qualities such as responsibility, teamwork, leadership and practical skills.
  • An aptitude for working in a public environment demonstrated through a reference from an employer where a candidate has worked with the public, or from a teacher attesting to social skills.

English Language Requirements
Candidates who have English as a second language are required to have an International English Language Test System (IELTS) score of 5.5 in the academic band, with no individual band lower than 5.0; or equivalent.


Entry Criteria

Career/further opportunities:

Graduates will have the skills and knowledge to work as a garden designer or small scale designer.

Further study:

  • Graduates of the Landscape Design strand may lead on to the relevant strand of the New Zealand Diploma in Landscape (Level 5).

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