Course Outline:

There is increased demand for skilled gardeners, landscapers and horticulturists. Job vacancies have risen by 4% over the past ten years. This course will give you basic skills and knowledge to progress to either the next level of study or an entry-level position in the industry.

This course will start in August 2022.

Education Progression:

  • NC Horticulture (level 5)

Horticulture planting

Entry Requirements:

One or more of the following:

  • Communication and Numeracy at National 3 or equivalent
  • Acceptance may depend on interview including a skills test, a written task and a group activity.

Course Type and Length Options

Mode Length
Full-time 1 year

Career Progression:

This course leads to opportunities with local authorities, nurseries, landscapers, and contractors.

Who is the Course For?

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

What Will I Study?

You’ll develop basic horticultural skills, safe working practices and about various aspects of horticulture. The course covers practical and commercial horticulture, hard and soft landscaping, basic plant science, plant identification, soil science and skills for employment. You’ll learn through groupwork, lectures, industry visits and guest speakers.

How Will I Be Assessed?

Ongoing assessments.

Why Should I Choose This Course?

This course will introduce you to the gardening, landscaping and horticulture industry. 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 in community projects. 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.