Aimed at students who wish to gain a degree qualification in horticulture, this programme gives you the opportunity to specialise in either nursery production, fruit production, medicinal plant production or retail.
Following the production route will allow you to develop skills in propagation, growing on, harvest and post harvest care for a range of crops from ornamentals for the garden centre trade through to cut flowers, medicinal crops and fruit. Other aspects include machinery, soil science and common pests and diseases.
For more information on the FdSc Horticulture degree programme please see our dedicated microsite on the Rural University Experience you can expect from Hadlow College.
2 years, full-time
DK17 H FdSc/H
Year 1 – Level 4
Plant Science and Chemistry Horticulture (30)
Principles of Management (Land-based) (15)
Soil Science (15)
Horticultural Production (30)
Work Based Learning (30)
Year 2 – Level 5
Applied Enterprise Management (15)
Crop Science (15)
Crop Production (30)
Work Based Learning (30)
Retail Horticulture (15)
Students are required to undertake some work experience for this work-based learning unit
Coursework (assignments, written reports, case studies and presentations) as well as final examinations.
48 UCAS points made up from A levels, preferably one in Science based subject, or a relevant Level 3 vocational qualification. All applicants should also have a GCSE grade C or above in English, Maths and Science.
Life experiences are taken into account when considering applications.
Successful students can progress onto the BSc (Hons) Horticulture - Commercial programme. Alternatively, career prospects are excellent 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.
- 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
Nurseries, fruit farms, garden centres and glasshouses in a horticultural research and new product development capacity..
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.