What will I learn?
The course introduces higher level study and explores the various science, design and business elements of horticulture. You will develop vital knowledge and experience through industry placement, as well as research and analytical skills through independent and group study.
How will I be assessed?
The assessment strategy is a combination of formal examination and coursework. Coursework includes practical portfolios, laboratory reports, case studies, plant identification tests, visual poster displays, seminar presentations and essay style assignments. Formal examinations are weighted to be no more than 50% of the unit total.
Where can I go from here?
You can progress to the BSc Horticulture with Plantsmanship and Design Top-up course at University Centre Sparsholt which will be available from 2017. Alternatively there are many BSc programmes available at other universities.
You will have the plant knowledge and skills needed by the private and public sectors in many diverse areas, including retail, landscaping, research and production. Opportunities also exist within landscape organisations. While traditionally garden designers have always worked on a self-employed, freelance basis, recent years have seen a significant increase in the number of employed job roles in this area of work.
• Plant Biology and Processes
• Soils and Substrates
• Plant Classification and Nomenclature
• Introduction to Business and Horticulture
• Academic Skills
• Design Influences
• Work Practice 2
• Investigative Project
• Plant Protection
• Plant Identification and Use
• Landscape Management
• Horticulture Enterprise and Management
A Level Two A Level passes, including one at grade C or above which should be in a science
BTEC Extended Diploma MMP
City & Guilds Ext. Diploma P + 6 units at Merit or above
BTEC Diploma MM
City & Guilds Diploma M
Access to HE A satisfactory pass in a relevant Access course with 45 credits at Level 3
International Baccalaureate Appropriate IB Certificates considered
GCSE Maths and English at grade C or above or Level 2 Functional Skills in Maths and English.