Higher National Certificate in Horticulture

Subject Area: Course code: Course Type:
Horticulture & Plant Science HR066A01/23/2 Higher Education

Course Information

This HNC in Horticulture is designed as a two-year part time course to support individuals entering or already working within horticulture , to develop higher level industry skills. The programme builds on core knowledge such as botany, plant identification and managing successful projects to develop the expertise needed for career enhancement and progression both within the private /self -employed sectors and public sector organisation.


  • Higher National Certificate in Horticulture
Course Content
  • The course will cover the following core topics:

    Principles of Botany- Consider the structure, function and physiology of plants including the global distribution of plants and the relationships between plants and humans.

    Business and the Business Environment-Explore organisational structures strengths and weaknesses using contemporary examples and analysis.

    Plant Identification and Classification_ improve and develop personal identification skills whilst assessing and managing the legislative requirements of plant identification.

    Plant and Soil Science- Using the KMC estate and local areas consider soil management principles and practises required for plant growth and development.

    Managing a Successful Project- An opportunity to develop the project management skills required to implement and execute a specific business project.

    Management Accounting- Understand the fundamentals of management accounting to aid planning decisions and monitor and control the financial position of organisations both large and small

    Teaching a Specialist Subject-Develop the confidence required in a range of mentoring or training situations. This unit provides opportunity to practice the skills required to work within a training organisation- eg therapeutic horticulture or to help colleagues and new employees within commercial organisations.

    Marketing Essentials- Reflect on the principles of marketing and how these can be applied to your own work setting or business.
Entry Requirements
  • Level 3 Extended Diploma in Horticulture (1080) - City and Guilds or BTEC - grade PPP or above, or MP for the 720 credit Extended Diploma.
    A Levels to a combination of 48 UCAS points - key subject Biology

    Applicants should have GCSEs in English and maths at grade 4 or above.

    Mature students may want to discuss qualifications and experience before applying, but are not exempt from the course if they do not have specific entry qualifications.

    International students can apply but should have achieved IELTS at 5.5 or above
Next Steps
  • External applicants can apply through the College website, but can also apply through UCAS if applying to other higher education courses,

    Internal applicants progressing from Kingston Maurward can apply through myKMC.
Career Opportunities
  • This programme supports career development in the Horticulture industry for positions in nursery and garden management. It develops skills to for garden design and landscaping skills for business development and entrepreneurship. There is also a focus on wider skills such as teaching others and skills for wider roles within horticultural enterprises.

Dates & Fees

Dates & Times
Start date: End date: Start time: End time:
18-Sep-2023 (Already Started) 31-Jul-2025 9:00 16:00
Mode of attendance
Day of the week Number of sessions
Course Fees
Fee (HE Full Fee) £3250.00

Students on this course are normally eligible for a student loan depending on their circumstances.
Fees shown are per year.

There may be additional cost for ensuring students have adequate PPE, costs of transport to the college and offsite trips may require additional costs such as entrance fees. Study Tours will have additional costs depending on the tour offered.

Materials Required

Learners will have practical sessions and should ensure they have correct PPE. This includes suitable clothing, steel toe boots, water proofs. Learners will also find it useful to have their own devices (laptops, tablets) to bring to college for classwork and to access learning materials.

What's next?

Applications for this course are now closed. If you'd like to know when there will be another or need more information we are happy to answer any questions.