BSc (Hons)

Location Start Date Day Time Fees Duration
Pershore Sep-2017 Various 09:30 - 16:30 see below 3 Year(s)

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.  See the typical modules below to give an indication of the choice available.  

This course is validated in partnership with the University of Worcester.

What modules are covered?

Typical level 4 modules:

  • Horticutural 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)
  • ASSET (academic study skills and employability) (15 Credits)

Typical 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,Design and Management (15 Credits)
  • Optional 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) 

Typical level 6 modules:

  • Dissertation - Horticulture or Horticulture Production (30 Credits)
  • Horticulture Business Leadership & Management (15 Credits)
  • Contemporary Topics in Horticulture (15 Credits)
  • Habitat Creation & Management (15 Credits)
  • Leisure, Recreation and Events Management (15 Credits)

Option Modules; Select from:

  • Plant Improvement & Biotechnology (15 Credits)
  • Agronomy (15 Credits)


  • Advanced Design, Graphics & Visualisation (15 Credits)
  • Solutions in Contemporary Landscape Design (15 Credits)
Some options will only be delivered where there is sufficient interest.

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 WCG: W25 and 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 88* 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.

* New UCAS tariff

The College welcomes applications from individuals with relevant work experience who do not have full formal academic qualifications. Application for Recognition of Prior Learning is welcomed and 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 College by expert 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.

You will require steel toe-capped footwear, overalls and waterproof clothing, a range of which is sold by the College Plant Centre.

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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Individual Needs

Warwickshire College Group 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.

Tuition fees

Please see Warwickshire College Group 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 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.

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UCAS code


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.

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