We strive hard to maintain the exceptional quality of our training – including course materials, teaching, administration and student support – and to keep up to date with the latest research and industry developments. Our work conforms to approved industry standards.
We are associated with the following:
City & Guilds Assured
Assured for Complete Gardener
Assured for Complete Garden Designer
Upon completion of Complete Gardener and Complete Garden Designer courses, you will qualify to be awarded our City & Guilds Assured certificate1 . You can add this to your CV to demonstrate to prospective employers and potential clients that you have recognised skills.
The Complete Gardener and Complete Garden Designer courses are assured by City & Guilds against a global quality mark which demonstrates that the organisation has world-class systems and processes in place to design, deliver and maintain learning programmes.
Built on 144 years of experience, Assured is City & Guilds global quality benchmark that recognises excellence in training and learning.
Developed by leading brands in skills development, Assured demonstrates that the way in which organisations plan, design and deliver their learning programmes meet world-class quality standards: the Assured Benchmark.
The Assured Benchmark is a quality assurance framework which evaluates eight areas of programme design and delivery, called the Benchmark Standards, to confirm that an organisation has met the global quality standard set by City & Guilds and ILM.
1  Your certification will be issued once you have successfully completed your course and finished your course payments. Students wishing to achieve the City & Guilds Assured certificate in our Complete Garden and Complete Garden Designer courses are required to register (registration fee included in course price) – there are no extra assignments to complete. City & Guilds registration is not compulsory. Please contact us for details.
The Royal Horticultural Society
Founded in 1804, the Royal Horticultural Society is a renowned UK gardening charity dedicated to encouraging and advancing the science, art and practice of horticulture.
Its activities are diverse and include organising some of the world’s leading flower shows, operating famous gardens, conducting ground-breaking horticultural research and campaigning to spread the benefits of gardening.
The RHS also offers a range of qualifications – highly regarded by both employers and the academic world – for anyone wanting to develop their gardening knowledge and skills, from beginner level to advanced studies.
The Royal Forestry Society
Founded in 1882, the Royal Forestry Society is a woodland educational charity, covering England, Wales and Northern Ireland, that promotes the wise management of trees and woods.
RFS activities include many field meetings, lectures and seminars, publishing the highly respected Quarterly Journal of Forestry, and managing three woodlands, including the oldest and largest grove of coast redwoods, Powys. The RFS offers Professional Certification to both Arborists and Foresters in recognition of those with the theoretical knowledge and practical skills needed in their sectors.
The Institute of Horticulture
The Institute of Horticulture, established in 1984, is an organisation that represents professional horticulturists in the UK and Ireland. It focuses on fostering a close relationship between all sectors of the profession and is represented on and works collaboratively with allied bodies throughout the industry.
Its aims include promoting the importance and profession of horticulture; consulting with governmental and other policy making bodies on matters concerning the industry; promoting education and the development of all horticultural disciplines; and enabling horticulture professionals to meet and network.
ABC Awards
The Horticultural Correspondence College is an accredited ABC Centre.
ABC Awards was established in 1998. It is a leading national awarding organisation which has a reputation for developing and awarding high quality vocational qualifications. Qualifications are developed with the support of relevant stakeholders to ensure they meet the needs and standards of UK industries and equip learners with the skills they need to progress within education or in a career.
ABC Awards provides more than 600 Ofqual regulated qualifications covering 12 industry sectors, to suit all ages and abilities. It works with over 900 centres nationally and many tens of thousands of learners achieve an ABC Awards qualification each year.
Established in 1955, ADLC is the only trade association in the UK dedicated to distance learning providers. It aims are to safeguard the interest of open learning students by ensuring exceptionally high standards and to provide a forum for the exchange of ideas and information on distance learning.
Member Colleges offer courses in hundreds of different subjects. To be eligible for membership providers must prove that they are of good standing with a proven track record, and all Member Colleges agree to a Code of Ethics which gives students an assurance of quality, integrity and fair dealing.
Prisoners Educational Trust
Since 1989, Prisoners Education Trust has been providing prisoners with access to broader learning opportunities, to improve their chances of building a better life after release.
The charity achieves this through a grants programme which helps over 2,000 prisoners each year to study distance learning courses in subjects and levels not otherwise available in prison. It also offers them advice and support, and works to influence policy, championing prisoner learners and good practice in prison education.
Quality Licence Scheme
The Horticultural Correspondence College has undergone an external quality check to ensure that we and the courses we offer under the Quality Licence Scheme, meet defined quality criteria. The Quality Licence Scheme, endorses high-quality, non-regulated provision and training programmes.
The completion of these courses alone may be used as evidence of knowledge and skills gained. The Learner Unit Summary may be used as evidence towards Recognition of Prior Learning if you wish to progress your studies in this subject. To this end the learning outcomes of the course have been benchmarked at Level 2, 3 or 4 against level descriptors published by Ofqual, to indicate the depth of study and level of demand/complexity involved in successful completion by the learner.
The courses have been designed by The Horticultural Correspondence College to meet specific learners’ and/or employers’ requirements which cannot be satisfied through current regulated qualifications. Courses that include Quality Licence Scheme Certificate of Achievements are not regulated by Ofqual and are not accredited qualifications.
Quality Licence Scheme endorsement involves robust and rigorous quality audits by external auditors to ensure quality is continually met. A review of courses is carried out as part of the endorsement process.
Successful learners will receive a Certificate of Achievement from Quality Licence Scheme and a Learner Unit Summary (which lists the components the learner has completed as part of the course).
The Horticultural Correspondence College will be able to advise you on any further recognition, for example progression routes into further and/or higher education. For further information please visit the Learner FAQs on the Quality Licence Scheme website.
For free advice, please call Freephone 0800 083 9191 or 01409 220 777.