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Landscape architect

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

Average salary (a year)

£20,000 Starter

to

£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

University

You could do a degree that is recognised by the Landscape Institute. You could do a subject like:

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

Work experience

You might find it useful to get some work experience in landscape architecture to help with your course application. Find out some of the different ways to get work experience

Postgraduate course

If you already have a degree in a related subject like architecture, horticulture or botany, you might be able to do a postgraduate course that is accredited by the Landscape Institute.

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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College

You could do a college course to start training to become a landscape architect. 

You could do a level 3 certificate or diploma in landscape construction or 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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Apprenticeship

You could do a chartered landscape professional degree apprenticeship.

This apprenticeship usually takes 5 years to complete and is a mix of learning on the job and academic study.

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 keep up to date with the landscape industry.

Further information

You can find out more about how to become 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 and survey areas to understand what is needed
  • create designs to meet briefs using a computer aided design package
  • present your designs to clients and make any changes
  • create contracts, write reports and consider the environmental impact of projects
  • monitor the progress of projects
  • find out what the local community think of the designs

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:

  • become a landscape architect supervisor or manager
  • become a partner in a private practice
  • set up your own landscape practice
  • do a teaching qualification and become a higher education lecturer landscape architecture at a university

Current opportunities

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Current opportunities

Apprenticeships In England

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Courses In England

Land-Based Studies - Level 1

  • Provider: LANCASTER AND MORECAMBE COLLEGE
  • Start date: 01 August 2023
  • Location: Lancaster

Diploma in Land-Based Studies Level 1

  • Provider: BOSTON COLLEGE
  • Start date: 05 September 2023
  • Location: Boston

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