- 25 Aug 2011
I'm new here, been reading a lot of the posts which have been very helpful. I'm 29 and I've been a town planner for the last 6 years and I'm about to leave my job. Have been fed up with it for a while, but decided to take the plunge and change career (it feels a bit like walking off a cliff!) My plan is to study for the RHS level 2 diploma. I did think about doing a foundation degree in garden design at another local college until i realised the fees would be £2250 a year for three years, which isn't really an option. What I'm wanting to find out, is whether i have to do all three parts at the same place, or whether I can study the practical section at my local college, and do the two theory sections distance learning? would this be a problem? Its so much cheaper to do the distance learning for the theory than at college as well. The RHS courses seem to be very thorough and I want to learn as much as i can.
I'm hoping to start the practical course in the next couple of weeks, and I've found a national trust place nearby who are happy for me to volunteer in gardening one day a week, plus working on my allotment, and the plan is to get some kind of part time job to keep earning a bit of money. Some of my friends think i'm mad, but i've had enough of sitting behind a computer feeling miserable and wishing i was outside. The long term plan is to perhaps start working somewhere as a gardener, or perhaps set up my own business. My very understanding boyfriend has been really supportive, which has been a great help.
my last question is about the distance learning courses. I'm torn between HCC and learning curve as everyone seems to be. The learning curve one seems to provide text books, where as i'm assuming the HCC one sends you all the paperwork you need. does anyone have a list of books supplied by the learning curve for the two level 2 theory sections (principles of plant growth etc and principles of garden planning)? HCC is the cheaper of the two, and i suppose i could pick up text books on amazon.
thanks for reading my very long post - any comments would be greatly appreciated!
I just wanted some reassurance