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A Landscape Architect will design and plan open spaces, this could be a green space within a city where people work, live and relax or where animals and plants can live and thrive. They will work will other professionals such as town planners, architects and civil engineers to create something that is sustainable and looks good.

Entry Requirements

You could get into this role through a university or college course


You could get a degree in a relevant subject such as:

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

If you already have a degree in a related subject like architecture, horticulture or botany, you may be able to take an Landscape Institute accredited postgraduate course. 

You will usually need two or three A levels or equivalent for a degree


A college course could help you to start out in training towards this role, relevant courses include:

  • Level 3 Certificate or Diploma in Landscape Construction
  • Level 3 Certificate or Diploma in Horticulture

You will usually need four or five GCSE's at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) or equivalent for a level 3 course

The following local colleges may offer relevant courses:

Career Tips

Work experience will make you more attractive to employers and can help with your course applications.  It will also help you decide if this is the career for you.  

 Choose Landscape has further information on how to become a Landscape Architect which you may find helpful

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.

Related careers you may be interested in:

  • Architect
  • Ecologist
  • Landscaper
  • Arboricultural officer
  • Rural surveyor

Required Skills

  • Good design skills
  • Excellent communication skills both written and verbal
  • An interest in conservation and the environment
  • Practical skills
  • A good eye for detail

Salary Range

£20,000 to £45,000

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