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Landscape architect

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Landscape architects plan, design, create and manage the landscapes we live and work in.

Average salary (a year)

£20,000 Starter


£45,000 Experienced

Typical hours (a week)

35 to 40 a week

You could work

evenings / weekends occasionally

How to become

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How to become a landscape architect

You can get into this job through:

  • a university course
  • a college course
  • an apprenticeship


You could get a degree or postgraduate qualification, which is recognised by the Landscape Institute. Relevant degree subjects include:

  • landscape architecture
  • garden design
  • landscape design and technology
  • landscape or urban planning
  • environmental conservation

It can help with your course application if you have some work experience in landscape architecture. This will also help you to decide if this is the career for you. The Landscape Institute has some useful information on how to get relevant work experience.

If you already have a degree in a related subject, such as architecture, horticulture or botany, you may be able to take a Landscape Institute accredited postgraduate course. The Landscape Institute has hints and tips, which you may find useful.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 2 to 3 A levels, or equivalent, for a degree
  • a degree in a relevant subject for postgraduate study

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Doing a college course could help you to start out training towards this career. Relevant courses include:

  • Level 3 Certificate or Diploma in Landscape Construction
  • Level 3 Certificate or Diploma in Horticultural Practice

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, for a level 3 course

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You could do a chartered landscape professional degree apprenticeship and follow the landscape design pathway.

This typically takes 60 months to complete as a mix of workplace learning and academic study at an approved university.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) and A levels, or equivalent, for a higher or degree apprenticeship

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Professional and industry bodies

You could become a member of the Landscape Institute to increase your professional standing.

Further information

You'll find out more about how to train as a landscape architect from the Landscape Institute.

What it takes

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What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You'll need:

  • design skills and knowledge
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • knowledge of building and construction
  • customer service skills
  • knowledge of English language
  • maths knowledge
  • the ability to use your initiative
  • the ability to come up with new ways of doing things
  • to be able to use a computer and the main software packages confidently

What you’ll do

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What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

In this role you could:

  • meet with clients to discuss their needs
  • survey sites to look at existing plant and animal life, and natural resources
  • get the views of local residents, businesses and other people who use the site
  • use computer aided design (CAD) packages to draw up ideas for clients to choose from
  • present your design ideas to clients
  • draw up contracts and manage the tendering process for contractors
  • write reports and environmental impact assessments
  • give evidence to public enquiries
  • monitor the progress of projects

Working environment

You could work in an office, at a client's business or visit sites.

Your working environment may be outdoors in all weathers and you'll travel often.

You may need to wear protective clothing.

Career path and progression

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Career path and progression

With experience, you could move on to a supervisory or management position, become a partner in a private practice, or set up your own practice.

You could also take a teaching qualification and become a lecturer in landscape architecture at a university.

Current opportunities

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Current opportunities

Apprenticeships In England

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Courses In England

Level 1 Land-based

  • Start date: 05 September 2022
  • Location: Chippenham

Diploma in Land-Based Studies Level 1

  • Provider: BOSTON COLLEGE
  • Start date: 12 September 2022
  • Location: Boston

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