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. An HND Horticulture will give you the fundamentals for working in this sector.

Education Progression:

Horticulture - Outside Planting

Entry Requirements:

Entry to HND Year 1 – 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

Entry to HND Year 2 – HNC Horticulture plus 3 additional optional credits

Course Type and Length Options

Mode Length
Full-time 1 year

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 will suit school leavers or those looking to change career or take their first steps into the industry.

Horticulture on Sunny Day

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, planting design and retailing. You’ll learn through placement, group work, lectures, industry visits and guest speakers. In the second year you will learn about soil and plant nutrition, specialised planting, landscape history, design and composition.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment will be ongoing throughout the course.

Why should I choose this course?

This course will prepare you for 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. To find out more about why you should study at SLC click here.

What are the interview arrangements?

Individual or group interview.