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The National Progression Award (NPA) Horticulture is an introduction to the horticulture industry, showcasing the variety of activities, skills and careers. Students are introduced to how plants are produced, grown and used, from the production of new plants to establishing and maintaining them, and on to designing and creating plant displays.

The course includes plant identification, so that students can correctly state which plants are grown where, and why. Students investigate an area of the Scottish horticultural industry which interests them, such as horticultural science, design, plant production, retail, or conservation. They also attend supervised practical sessions at SRUC campuses where they learn fundamental horticultural skills.

The course is designed to be completed over the course of one academic year, based on 3-5 hours of self-directed study per week. The course is offered to those in S4, S5 and S6 and is delivered mostly online, but with the requirement to attend some supervised practical activity on-campus.

Completion of this programme will provide a useful progression route into a full time horticulture course or apprenticeship.

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