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BSc (Hons) Horticulture - Commercial

Horticulture and Design
Horticulture and Design
Horticulture and Design

Offering an opportunity for students to specialise in either nursery production, medicinal crop production, fruit production or retail nursery, this degree level programme provides a technical understanding and solid scientific foundations. You will learn about horticultural chemistry, plant physiology and chemical analysis.

Throughout the programme you will be assessed by assignments, practical skills, presentations and examinations so that when you graduate you have the right vocational skills to succeed.

For more information on the BSc (Hons) Horticulture degree programme please see our dedicated microsite on the Rural University Experience you can expect from Hadlow College.

Course Duration:

Full Time

College Attendance:

3 years, full-time

UCAS Code:

D418 H BSc/Ho


Hadlow Campus

Course Content:

Year 1 – Level 4
Horticultural Production (30)
Horticultural Practices (30)
Principles of Management (Land-Based) (15)
Soil Science (15)
Plant Science and Chemistry Horticulture (30)

Year 2 – Level 5
Crop Science (15)
Crop Production (30)
Crop Thesis (15)
Work Based Learning (15)
Applied Enterprise Management (15)
Retail Horticulture (15)
Post-harvest (15)

Year 3 – Level 6
Sustainable Cropping Technology (30)
Plant Productivity and Crop Yield (15)
Project (30)
Operational Management (15)
International Horticulture and Novel Crops (30)

Assessment Method:

Coursework (assignments, written reports, case studies and presentations) as well as final examinations.

Entry Requirements:

  • 104 UCAS points made up from A’ Levels, preferably one in a science-based subject. These points should have been made up over two years of studying at Level 3, or
  • A minimum of a Merit grade from a relevant vocational Level 3 Extended Diploma.

All applicants should have GCSE Grade C or above in English and maths and preferably Science. .

Additional Experience:

Life experiences are taken into account when considering applications.

Progression Routes:

Successful students may progress onto a related MSc or PhD programme. Alternatively, a degree in horticulture opens up many career opportunities around the world at technical sales and managerial levels. This programme is recognised by the Institute of Horticulture as leading towards membership.

Specialist Equipment Needed

Protective clothing, footwear, a horticultural knife and secateurs.

Available Clothing

Horticulture Hooded Top

Horticulture Polo Shirt (Lavender)

Horticulture Polo Shirt (Purple)

Horticulture Rugby Shirt


  • Extensive glasshouse facilities
  • Field nursery stock production
  • Computer controlled environmental and irrigation systems
  • Fruit and container production units
  • Plant propagation centre
  • Demonstration garden for leading national retailers
  • Fully labelled plant collection throughout the College grounds
  • 10 acres of landscaped gardens and two National Collections within Broadview Gardens
  • Fully commercial garden centre

Typical Employers

Nurseries, fruit farms, garden centres and glasshouses in a horticultural research and new product development capacity..

Industry Links

Students benefit from a wide range of links with commercial nurseries, research institutes, organic producers, public and privately owned gardens as well as exposure to the retail world through our onsite garden centre. The College is also a member of the Royal Horticultural Society; NCCPG and the Hardy Plant Society.

Please note that all programme specifications and course modules are subject to annual change.

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