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Horticulture HND

Level: SCQF 8

UCAS Code: 914D

Available at these campuses: Edinburgh, Glasgow Botanic Gardens

About the Course

A student tends to plants at the Edinburgh glasshousesWith an HND in Horticulture, you will gain a sound practical base of knowledge in horticulture and an understanding of the theory behind the practices. You will be well equipped to enter the profession and should be able to take up a management level position after gaining experience in the industry.

The course offers some choice of modules: Gardens and Greenspace elective modules provide the competencies to work in the parks, gardens and landscape sector at a professional level; Production Horticulture modules prepare you for employment in fruit or vegetable production, greenhouse protected edible crop production, or ornamental plant production.

Production can be on a small specialist scale in the UK or alternatively in nurseries growing millions of trees, shrubs and bedding plants. Whatever the scale, this course develops the essential practical, technical and scientific expertise you will require.

Course Duration: 2 years if studied full-time.

Entry Requirements

Applicants must hold a minimum of 2 Scottish Highers (CC)/A-Levels (DE) or equivalent qualification to include a science subject.

Course Content

In year one you will follow the HNC Horticulture. In year two, modules include Advanced Plant Propagation, Hardy Ornamental Nursery Stock Production, Landscape Management & Maintenance, and Integrated Approaches to Plant Protection. Elective modules allow specialisation in either crop production practices or landscape horticulture.

You will visit nurseries, gardens and landscapes, and also scientific organisations to see how they conduct tests such as seed viability, plant breeding and plant diagnostic work. You will also undertake a project in an area of special interest to you allowing you to develop specialist knowledge.