About the Course
The Horticulture with Plantsmanship course is delivered jointly by SRUC and The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (RBGE) and allows you to specialise in the area of horticulture known as ‘plantsmanship’, which can be defined as a ‘knowledge of the diversity of plants and their cultivation’.
In addition you will also gain a good understanding of other aspects of horticulture and plant science.
The Horticulture with Plantsmanship course integrates the management of plant collections with knowledge of plant distribution, classification, diversity, structure, identification, recognition and cultivation. Recent surveys have highlighted a future need for more people trained in botany who are able to identify and understand plants, and this course equips you to take advantage of this opportunity.
Year one consists of the HNC Horticulture. In year two, you will specialise in subjects relating to the horticulture of botanic gardens by studying modules including Plant Classification and Systematics, Designing and Managing Plant Collections, Landscape Design History, Ecology and Conservation.
You will have your own garden plot in year one and undertake a specialist project in an area of particular interest to you in year two. Extensive work experience in a range of sections of the gardens at RBGE is undertaken in year one.
Applicants must hold a minimum of 2 Scottish Higher's (CC)/1 A-Level Pass or equivalent qualificiation to include a science subject.