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Landscape architect Green Job

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

Annual Salary

£20,000 to £45,000

Average UK salary in 2022 was £33,200
(source Office for National Statistics)

Working hours

35 to 40 a week

You could work: evenings / weekends; occasionally

Future employment

There will be 2.4% more Landscape architect jobs in 2027.

Day to day tasks

As a landscape architect you could:

  • survey areas to find out what is needed
  • create designs to meet briefs using computer aided design (CAD) software
  • meet with clients and the community to involve them in the design
  • choose construction materials, furniture and plants for the space
  • create contracts, write reports and consider the environmental impact of projects
  • visit sites and monitor the progress of projects

Working environment

You may need to wear protective clothing.

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 can get into this job through:

  • a university course
  • a college course
  • an apprenticeship

You could do a degree that is recognised by the Landscape Institute

Subjects include:

  • 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. You can findout 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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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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You could do a Chartered Landscape Professional Level 7 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.

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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 of landscape architecture at a university

How does this job help to address the impacts of climate change and protect wildlife and nature in the West of England?

Landscapers Architects are needed to design new low carbon landscapes and help improve the quality and connectivity of existing green spaces, as well as helping to create new spaces for nature and wildlife across the West of England.

Examples of post-16 courses you could study at local schools or colleges

  • Maths, Art & Design, Geography, Environmental Science A-levels
  • BTEC Level 3 Construction, Management and Built Environment at City of Bristol College
  • T Level Level 2 Transition Horticulture 

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Apprenticeships you may be able to take with local employers

  • Level 2 Horticulture or Landscape Construction Operative
  • Level 3 Landscape Technician
  • Level 5 Horticulture and Technical Landscape Manager
  • Level 6 Architectural Assistant Apprenticeship

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Examples of post-18 courses you could study at local higher education providers

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For more information on the different routes you can take to get into working as a landscape architect, take a look at the 'Routes into this job' section above. 

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Local employers 

  • Turner and Townsend
  • Ove Arup and Partners 

As a landscape architect you could work for an architect firm in the West of England that is involved in new sustainable building developments locally or for the regional office of a larger organisation working on national and regional projects.

For more local employment opportunities see the 'Live job vacancies by region' section above.

Skills required and how your skills match up

What skills are required?

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
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • to be able to use a computer and the main software packages confidently
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