Higher National Diploma (HND)

Location Start Date Day Time Fees Duration
Pershore Sep-2015 Various 09:15 - 16:45 see below 2 Year(s)

What will I study?

Study fascinating horticultural disciplines including landscape design, pest biology, garden history, crop mechanisation, leisure management and crop production. The programme accommodates the needs of both the experienced horticulturist and those new to the discipline. You will be introduced to the scientific, technological and managerial principles upon which modern horticulture is founded. Then you will develop your knowledge of the horticultural industry and focus your studies through the choice of modules.

This course is validated by the University of Worcester and the vast majority is taught at Pershore College using its excellent resources.

What modules are covered?


Core Modules

  • Professional and Academic Development -  The module aims to provide learners with the essential study and PDP skills to succeed on a higher education course. 
  • Mechanisation and Finance -  This module introduces students to the use of mechanisation, safety and legislation, and financing and budgeting.
  • Plant Use and Knowledge 1 -  Students will be able to identify a range of plant material, and make informed choices about plant use in various situations.
  • Plant Propagation -  This module introduces students to a range of methods of plant propagation from both theoretical and practical points of view.
  • Introduction to Garden Design -  Students will learn about the principles of visual design and apply these to create effective garden designs.
  • Hardy Nursery Stock and Nursery Management -  This module introduces students to planning a nursery for maximum efficiency, and establishment, maintenance and harvesting of hardy ornamental nursery stock.
  • Plant and Weed Biology -  This module is designed to develop in students an understanding of the various facets of plant biology.
  • Soils and Plant Nutrition -  Students will learn underlying principles of soil science and how the soil can best be managed to ensure optimum plant growth.


Core Modules

  • Applied Horticultural Science (Pests and Diseases) -  By completing this module students will appreciate key aspects of the biology and control of pests and pathogens.
  • Business Environment and Marketing -  This module allows students to develop an understanding of the strategic management principles of a land-based industry from a marketing perspective.
  • Research and Statistics - This module provides students with the opportunity to develop their research skills and culminates in an independent research project.
  • Plant Growth, Development and Ecology - In this module students will develop their understanding of the physiology of plant growth and development, and will be made aware of the structure and function of ecosystems and the dynamic processes taking place within.  

Optional Modules 

  • Advanced Garden Design and GraphicsThis module aims to develop students design and drafting skills to an advanced level.
  • Landscape Contract and Project ManagementThe aim of the module is to give students a working knowledge of the processes and practices of project management.
  • Historical and Contemporary Influences in Garden DesignThis module will examine the range of historical garden styles that has influenced the development of the ‘English’ garden.
  • Plant Use and Knowledge 2This module will allow students to investigate the role of plants in the landscape and to create functional and visually pleasing planting designs.
  • Crop Production MechanisationFor students with a specialist interest in crop production, this module focuses on the equipment used principally in production horticulture.
  • Outdoor Edible Crop ProductionThis module focuses on the planning and control of crop production in an edible crops production unit.
  • Protected CroppingStudents will learn about the background of the Protected Crops Industry and the different structures, materials and equipment available.
  • Sustainable Horticulture and Water ManagementA wide variety of sustainability issues will be investigated in this module, including the management of water resources.
  • Crop Production MechanisationFor students with a specialist interest in crop production, this module focuses on the equipment used principally in production horticulture.
  • Organic Crop Production (double module):  This module is designed to give students a broad range of experience in the growing of organic crops.
  • Sustainable Horticulture and Water ManagementA wide variety of sustainability issues will be investigated in this module, including the management of water resources.

If you are interested in a career in Horticultural Crop Production you may choose to study:

  • Crop Production Mechanisation
  • Outdoor Edible Crop Production
  • Protected Cropping
  • Sustainable Horticulture and Water Management
If you are interested in a career in Amenity Horticulture and Landscape you may choose to study:
  •  Advanced Garden Design and Graphics
  • Landscape Contract and Project Management
  • Historical and Contemporary Influences in Garden Design
  • Plant Use and Knowledge 2
If you are interested in a career in Organic and Sustainable Horticulture you may choose to study:
  • Crop Production Mechanisation
  • Organic Crop Production
  • Sustainable Horticulture and Water Management    

Optional modules will only run if chosen by sufficient students to give a good learning experience.

What qualifications will I get?

Higher National Diploma in Horticulture

How will I be assessed?

A combination of practical projects, plant identification tests, class presentations, design projects, written assignments, individual research projects, laboratory reports and exams.

What is the entry process?

Applications should be made through UCAS using the institution code for University of Worcester and the course code shown below:

Institution Code: W80
Course Code:014D

This will be followed by an invitation to attend an interview at Pershore College to discuss career goals and more details about the course.

What are the entry requirements?

Minimum qualifications: Full level 3

Normally, applicants will be expected to have 4 GCSEs (grade C or above) including English and Maths and at least 160 UCAS points. This is equivalent to:

  • one six-unit A Level; or
  • BTEC National Diploma / BTEC or C&G Diploma or Extended Diploma; or
  • Access to Higher Education.  

 The College welcomes applications from individuals with relevant work experience who do not have full formal academic qualifications. Accreditation of Prior Learning will be considered.

What else do I need to know?

The course is validated by University of Worcester (UW) and operates under UW Academic Regulations. Some UW staff teach parts of the course and make use of facilities at the UW campus but most of the course is delivered at Pershore.  Come and see us at Pershore College at one of our Open Events on 18th January 2014 or 22nd March 2014 from 10am-1pm and/or our Annual Open Day on 7th June 2014 from 10am-4pm.

Tuition fees are payable to the University of Worcester. For current tuition fees and details of available bursaries, applicants should see the University website: www.worcester.ac.uk  or call 01905 855501. 

‘Horticulture’ covers a wide range of activities and involves the undertaking of practical tasks. There is an expectation that learners will have a reasonable level of fitness. If a learner is in any doubt about the course details, they should discuss their concerns with the course tutor before they enrol.

Practical tools and equipment will be provided but you will require steel toe-capped footwear, overalls and waterproof clothing, a range of which is sold by the College Plant Centre.

There may be opportunities to take additional qualifications, which may include Certificates of Competence, for which there may be a charge.

Pershore College and Moreton Morrell have high quality residential accommodation for students – for more information please see the accommodation section of the College website.

Transport routes run to the College from throughout the region – to check on routes from where you live, please see the transport section of the College website.

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What can I do after this course?

Some students enter employment, typically in garden management, garden centre/retail, amenity horticulture, commercial crop production, botanical gardens, the media and commercial sales.

Successful students can progress to the BSc (Hons) Horticulture final year at Pershore or may be able to gain a studentship at Kew or other botanic gardens.

Got a question about this course?

Call: 0300 45 600 49 or email us now

UCAS code


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