Course Outline:

There is increasing demand for gardeners, landscapers and horticulturists. Job vacancies have risen by 4% in the sector over the past ten years. This course will give you the fundamentals for working in this sector.

This course will start in August 2022.

Education Progression:

Entry Requirements:

One or more of the following:

  • 2 Highers including a science subject
  • NC Horticulture level 5
  • SVQ Horticulture level 3
  • Equivalent recognised qualification
  • Relevant industry experience
  • Acceptance may depend on an interview.

Course Type and Length Options

Mode Length
Full-time 1 year
Infill 1 to 2 years

Career Progression:

This course leads to jobs such as:

  • Role in retail horticulture (such as a garden centre)
  • Gardener in a private garden or estate
  • Gardener in a public garden
  • Gardener in a community garden
  • Role in landscape design company
  • Role in interior landscape company
  • Nursery/grower/propagator role
  • Self-employed

Other Information:

During this course, the practical elements will be delivered in a variety of settings, within our grounds, garden, polytunnel, potting shed, science lab and with industry partners.

Who is the Course For?

This course is ideal for anyone wanting a career in horticulture and gardening. It suits school leavers or those looking to change career or take their first steps into the industry.

What Will I Study?

You’ll learn the practical skills and knowledge for working in the horticulture industry including: horticulture practices, plant growth and development, and plant protection and soil management. You’ll learn through placement, groupwork, lectures, industry visits and guest speakers.

How Will I Be Assessed?

Ongoing assessments.

Why Should I Choose This Course?

This course will prepare you for the HND and a career in gardening, landscaping and horticulture. You’ll gain skills and practical experience in our purpose-built on-campus outdoor and indoor gardens and facilities. You’ll get the chance to help with college and other events, and community projects such as Calderglen Country Park. You’ll get the best possible opportunities to progress in your career in horticulture.

What are The Interview Arrangements?

One-to-one or group interview with lecturing staff.