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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.
NB: This course is under development and subject to validation, so some module titles and content may change during the development process.
What modules are covered?
Examples of the types of modules studied:
Level 4 Modules
Academic Study Skills and Entrepreneurial Thinking (15 Credits)
Practical Skills Development (15 Credits)
Horticultural Sciences (30 Credits)
Plant Propagation (15 Credits)
Principles of Amenity and Production Horticulture (30 Credits)
Introduction to Garden Design (15 Credits)
Level 5 Modules
Applied Plant Sciences (30 Credits)
Research Design and Analysis (15 Credits)
Horticulture Business & Trade (15 Credits)
Sustainable Horticulture (15 Credits)
Plant Use and Knowledge (15 Credits)
Option Modules; Select from:
Protected Cropping (15 Credits)
Field Production (15 Credits)
Garden Design Principles & Practice (15 Credits)
Historical & Contemporary Influences in Landscape and Garden Design (15 Credits)
Level 6 Modules
Dissertation (30 Credits)
Horticulture Business Leadership & Management (15 Credits)
Contemporary Topics in Horticulture (15 Credits)
Habitat Creation & Management (15 Credits)
Leisure and Amenity Management (15 Credits)
Option Modules; Select from:
Plant Improvement & Biotechnology (15 Credits)
Integrated Crop Management (15 Credits)
Advanced Design, Graphics & Visualisation (15 Credits)
Solutions in Contemporary Landscape Design (15 Credits)
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 Warwickshire College W25, course code K432.
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, although the course is delivered at Pershore campus by expert Pershore College staff. Come and see our newly refurbished classrooms and glasshouse at Pershore College at one of our Open Events - further information is available on our website.
‘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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Warwickshire College welcomes all students and will always aim to make reasonable adjustments to meet any specific needs or difficulties. In exceptional circumstances, the Learning Outcomes of some courses may mean that such adjustments are not possible and the college cannot guarantee that every requirement can be supported. Failure to disclose specific needs or difficulties to the college at an early stage in your application may delay the college in its ability to make reasonable adjustments or may prevent them altogether. Please discuss your individual circumstances with the admissions tutor as early as possible.
Please see Warwickshire College HE fees and support information page on our website, or contact us for further information. Different fees apply to international students, so please contact us if you think may apply to you.
Warwickshire College Group offer various scholarships and bursaries, please see our website for further details.
Most students will pay nothing upfront for their course. For information on government loans and grants available for HE study, please visit the
Student Finance England website. Please note that applicants who already hold higher education qualifications may not be eligible for support and should enquire for further details.
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?
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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.
Where indicated as 'subject to approval', the full details of courses are subject to secondary consideration and final approval which may, in rare circumstances, result in some changes to course content. Any material changes will be communicated to prospective students in writing prior to confirmation of an offer. In the unlikely event that a course is not approved, the college will support learners to find alternative courses.