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Landscape Architecture

BA (Hons)

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What is Landscape Architecture BA (Hons)?

Learning from high-quality staff and lecturers you’ll work on real sites, on real scenarios, investigating real issues. You’ll work on client-driven briefs in landscape studios to develop your design creativity and hone your professional practice skills. Students have worked on a range of sites in Cheltenham such as Pittville Park, Gloucester such as Kings Square, and Bristol such as The Diesel Depot and Temple Meads.

With a number of industry partners linked to the course, you’ll benefit from sponsored events, visits to landscape practices and lectures delivered directly by current practitioners. Partners have included LDA Design, Arup, Grant Associates, Barton Wilmore, Atkins Global, Grontmij, BDP, Sustrans and Merrick Denton-Thompson, current president of the Landscape Institute.

You’ll develop design creativity through national and international study trips where you’ll explore examples of historic, contemporary and cultural landscapes. Previous trips include Copenhagen, New York and Barcelona.

This course was also rated 90% for teaching, over 91% for learning opportunities and resources in the National Student Survey 2019.

Study style

The study programme is based around lectures, tutorials and student-led research in a studio-based environment. You’ll develop skills in experimentation, creative thinking and social interaction.

The course also offers a balanced mix of theory, design work and introduction to professional practice. With opportunities and scope for you to thrive within a stimulating learning environment and to develop and think about your personal development within the context of future career options.

In your final year, you’ll showcase your work at the Degree Show – an event attended by landscape practitioners where previous students have been head-hunted by leading landscape design practices.

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Entry requirements

Clearing 2021

We may be able to offer you a place on this course, even if you don’t meet the entry requirements specified in the boxes below. Call us on 03330 432 414 to find out more and discuss your options.

    • Because we want to offer this course to creative students with talent and potential (and because we know that exam grades don’t always tell the whole story), we make offers following an interview instead of using tariff points.

      You will need to have, or be studying for, a NQF level 3 qualification – that’s A-level/BTEC/Welsh Baccalaureate or equivalent.

      Once you apply, we will invite you to interview so we can decide whether to make you an offer.

      Check out our Interview Guide to learn what to expect and help you prepare.

    • We welcome applications from mature students (aged 21 and over) and do not necessarily require the same academic qualifications as school leaving applicants though the entry requirements still apply.

      Some courses require several years of working experiences in the relevant industry.

    • English and Maths Grade 4/C in GCSE (or equivalent) are normally required.

Course modules


Fees and costs

See the further details of fees and potential extra costs when studying a course at the University of Gloucestershire.
Start date Location UCAS code Fee (UK)
per year
Fee (international)
per year
Sep 2021 Francis Close Hall, Cheltenham K310 £9,250 £14,700
Sep 2022 Francis Close Hall, Cheltenham K310 TBC TBC
Sep 2023 Francis Close Hall, Cheltenham K310 TBC TBC

Possible careers

Graduates from this course can go on to work as:

  • Landscape Architect
  • Project Manager
  • Environmental Planner or Designer
  • BIM Specialist
  • Garden Designer
  • Urban Designer
  • Environmental Consultant
  • Sustainability Adviser.

Industry links

We have industry partnerships with companies including LDA Design, Arup, Grant Associates, Atkins Global and BDP. Students have also completed a range of different placements for organisations including Terrapin Bright Green in New York, MIT in Massachusetts, The Canal and River Trust in Gloucester and MHP Design in Cheltenham.

Real sites, real scenarios, real issues

You’ll work on live sites with client-driven briefs. Students have worked on sites including Pittville Park and St. James’s Square in Cheltenham, Prinknash Abbey and Kings Square in Gloucester, plus a range of urban sites in Bristol including Wapping Wharf, Cumberland Basin, The Diesel Depot and Temple Meads.

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Develop design creativity on international trips

Every year you can take a week-long study tour exploring examples of historic, contemporary and cultural landscapes internationally. Previous trips include Copenhagen, New York and Barcelona. You’ll be inspired in your first year with a trip to London to discover the wealth of design in ‘places for people’.

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Our Landscape Architecture and Town and Country Planning courses rank 4th in the UK for graduate prospects, according to The Times Good University Guide 2021.

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Our Landscape Design and Town and Country Planning courses rank 10th in the UK for teaching quality, according to The Times Good University Guide 2021.


As part of your course you can gain valuable experience on an optional placement year.

  • Duration – 12 months, full-time (minimum 35 hours a week)
  • Location – popular destinations include the UK, USA, China and Europe
  • Visa – you may need a visa if you’re on placement abroad
  • Finance – your tuition fee is reduced for your placement year – and you can still apply for a maintenance loan and get money advice
  • Placement support – we’ll help you find a great placement and get the most out of the experience

"I am currently working for an environmental design and planning consultancy in London."

“The course gave me the freedom to develop my own ideas and ambitions, leading me to pursue a more meaningful career. The university has a fund for students hoping to expand their knowledge abroad and thanks to this I was able to apply my research on the ground in Nicaragua.

The course has a family-like feel, which is helped by the tutors’ ‘open-door’ policy. This means you’re more than just another student to them – and in turn they encourage you to be more than just another landscape architect.”

Rhys Jones, Landscape Architecture student

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