• August
  • Full-Time
  • 1 year
  • Horticulture
  • HNC (SCQF Level 7)


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Intro to the course:

Higher National qualifications provide practical skills and theoretical knowledge that meet the needs of employers.

This course develops knowledge and skills in areas such as plant growth and development, plant protection and identification, and soil management.

It introduces learners to the breadth of the horticultural industry and to areas of specialism.  As well as developing the practical skills required for the identification, care and maintenance of plants, learners will gain the supervisory and management skills that are sought by employers.

We would welcome applicants whose first language is not English.

HNC (SCQF Level 7)

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Who is the course for?

The HNC Horticulture is suitable for a wide range of candidates including:

  • school leavers
  • adult returners to education
  • individuals in employment who wish to enhance their career prospects
  • people who wish to start their own business

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.

Next step course options

Articulation to HND or employment .

How will I be assessed?

Ongoing written and practical assessments.

Why should I choose this course?

There is increasing demand for gardeners, landscapers and horticulturists. Job vacancies have risen by 4% in the sector over the past ten years.  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. You'll get the best possible opportunities to progress in your career in horticulture.

Where can this course lead?

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

What are the entry requirements?

One or more of the following:

  • one Higher preferably a science subject 
  • NC Horticulture level 5 
  • SVQ Horticulture level 3 
  • equivalent recognised qualification
  • relevant industry experience - acceptance may depend on interview
  • if English is not your first language, an interview to support your application may be beneficial

What are the interview arrangements?

Offers made will be based on your application.  Those who do not meet the minimum entry requirements will be invited for an individual interview. 

Fees, finance and funding:

Fees and finances for full time:

There may be help available to assist with your study related costs. Impartial, confidential help and advice on financial matters is available from the Student Funding Team - including Bursaries, Educational Maintenance Allowance (EMA), Student Awards Agency for Scotland, Student Loans Company and student support funds.

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Other information:

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

Full time course: This course will run for 3 days per week

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