Horticulture and landscaping
A profession which offers a diversity of jobs to suit a wide range of talents.
Horticulture is a diverse and dynamic industry that encompasses the commercial production of:
- Ornamental plants
It also includes the design, establishment, and maintenance of:
- Parks and gardens
- Leisure and sports grounds
- Open spaces
- Managed landscapes
It is a profession which offers a diversity of jobs to suit a wide range of talents. The profession also needs researchers, technologists, marketing experts and managers to shape the industry for the future.
SRUC offers both Horticulture and Horticulture with Plantsmanship courses. Horticulture programmes are delivered from our teaching campuses at SRUC Edinburgh, SRUC Elmwood and SRUC Oatridge.
The courses are also taught at the Glasgow Botanic Gardens, while Horticulture with Plantsmanship programmes are delivered in partnership with the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh. We are very proud of our links with these prestigious locations, which allow you to benefit from the considerable resources and expertise of both organisations.
At SRUC we have several courses that look into the landscape, how it can be managed through the application of hard and soft landscaping techniques, and the technical landscaping skills required to ensure it is managed correctly.
The landscape that surrounds us can be modified in many ways, often by design, sometimes via anthropogenic pressures.
Landscaping can relate to the modification of a park to make it more amenable to the local population, but it can also relate to the conservation of an area to reduce the impact caused through path erosion or other factors.
Take a look around the SRUC Virtual Experience for lots of great student videos and examples of what it’s like to study our courses, along with campus and facility tours.
A qualification in Garden Design, Landscaping, Horticulture or Horticulture with Plantsmanship will allow you to enter one of the largest and fastest growing employment sectors in the UK and beyond.
- MA at SCQF level 6
- MA at SCQF level 5
- BSc/BSc (Hons)
- SVQ Level 5
Horticulture with Plantsmanship
This course covers a wide range of horticultural skills, from botanical issues relevant to horticulture today to techniques for restoring historic gardens.
- BSc/BSc (Hons)
This course is designed to give you the basic skills you need to work in production horticulture, for example in garden centres, plant nurseries, and crop production.
- SVQ Level 5
Parks, Gardens and Green Spaces
Gain the knowledge and practical skills to become a horticulture technician or supervisor.
- SVQ Level 6
Develop your landscaping, construction or horticultural experience and increase your practical, design and scientific skills.
Soils and Sustainability
This course is designed for students interested in a career in land-based management or environmental protection, and teaches the importance and role of soils in the 21st century.
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