About the Course
The HNC covers the fundamentals of horticulture. You will learn practical skills and develop your underpinning knowledge of plants and their cultivation. You will also be introduced to the different sectors of the industry including nursery production, maintenance of gardens and greenspace, and plant retailing.
During your studies, the diversity of the course will help you to weigh up which areas of horticulture and gardening you are most interested in for future employment or further study.
You will be qualified for a broad range of job opportunities at the end of the HNC including working for nurseries, private and public gardens, landscape companies and local authorities.
Applicants must hold a minimum of 2 Scottish Highers (CC)/1 A-Level Pass or equivalent qualification to include a science subject.
You will learn plant identification, plant uses, soil management, plant protection, business management, nursery production, and plant physiology. Practical work will include horticultural techniques for plant propagation and the growing on of plants, plant trials, garden maintenance, and culminating in the creation of an outdoor plot.
Those studying at the Ayr Campus will also have the opportunity to study modules in Garden Design, as the HNC Garden Design course is not available at this campus.
Much of your learning will be practically based. For example, you will propagate plants, pot them up, prune plants, and plant trees and shrubs. Plant identification is taught through guided walks in College grounds and botanic gardens. There are frequent visits to growers, nurseries and gardens.