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What will I study?
Horticulture is a highly rewarding industry and this established course offers fascinating opportunities for the study of a broad range of disciplines ranging from landscape design to pest biology, garden history, crop production, mechanisation, and business management.
You will be introduced to the scientific, technological and managerial principles upon which modern horticulture is founded. The opportunity for specialist study in an area of your choice is offered through the final year dissertation, and selection of an elective module in the second and final year.
The course is validated by the University of Worcester but taught at Pershore College, a national centre of excellence for horticulture, utilising its extensive range of gardens, resources and other facilities.
What modules are covered?
Examples of modules studied:
- Practical skills development
- Academic skills and entrepreneurial thinking
- Horticultural mechanisation
- Plant use and knowledge
- Plant and soil science
- Pests and diseases
- Plant propagation
- Hardy nursery stock production
- Garden design
- Garden history
- Research methods in horticulture
- Business, finance and marketing
- Personnel management
- Sustainable horticulture
- Production horticulture
- Independent study (Dissertation)
What qualifications will I get?
BSc (Hons) Horticulture
How will I be assessed?
The varied mix of assessment methods includes practical projects, plant tests, presentations, design projects, written assignments and exams. The final year independent study allows you to explore a topic of your choice in depth through research and production of a detailed dissertation.
What is the entry process?
Applications should be made through UCAS using the institution code for the University of Worcester W80, course code D410.
This will be followed by an invitation to attend an interview at Pershore College to discuss your 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 220 UCAS points, from qualifications such as:
- two six-unit A levels at grade A to D (one at grade C); 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?
This 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 - further information is available on our website.
Tuition fees are payable to the University of Worcester. For further information on current 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 will be a charge.
Pershore College has 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?
Graduates may take up careers in garden management, garden design, garden centres/retail, amenity horticulture, commercial crop management, commercial sales, research and development and plant breeding. Students have also taken up internships at botanical gardens, and several students have gone on to Master's degrees and PhDs.
Got a question about this course?
Call: 0300 45 600 49 or email us now
We make every effort to ensure that these course details are accurate. Warwickshire College reserves the right to make alterations. Fees may be indicative at the time of publishing.