Subject Area Overview
By studying a horticulture course at Hadlow College you could become part of this huge sector which impacts on many areas of our lives.
As an industry which contributes around £9 billion annual to the UK economy , employs approximately 300,000 people and accounts for 1.7% of all retail sales, this strategically important industry is more than simply gardening. Instead, it is offers many rewarding career paths for talented people.
Our horticulture courses look at production horticulture, amenity horticulture and include elements of design and commercial awareness. You will develop a range of skills, learn how to identify plants and construct a variety of landscapes.
We also offer a number of degrees in horticulture and garden design in partnership with the University of Greenwich. These degree programmes make full use of our facilities and take advantage of the strong links with industry and expert tutors that the College possesses. They represent a ideal progression route for people interested in horticulture-related jobs or who wish to take a pro-active approach to managing the countryside. For more information on some of the career options and graduate jobs available in this sector, see the posts on the Hadlow College blog.
Ultimately, upon finishing your course at Hadlow College, your career in horticulture could involve the large scale production of plants and food crops or the care and maintenance of sports grounds and public amenities.
Horticultural Skills Centre, Shooters Hill
Have you heard about our Horticultural Skills Centre at Shooters Hill, run in partnership with the Royal Borough of Greenwich? Opened in 2015, the centre offers a range of leisure, vocational and higher education programmes. Find out more.
Hadlow is the perfect place to study a horticultural qualification. It is in a nice rural environment with beautiful gardens and grounds. You can really get a lot of inspiration and understanding from the beds and borders which exist around the College. Plus, it has a great reputation and is one of the best colleges in the land-based sector. You cover a variety of different subjects on the course. In addition to things like plant identification and soil science you also study business management and computer aided design. All of these have helped me improve my knowledge which, coupled with the work experience element, should help me to get a job in either a glasshouse or nursery when I leave.