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 the horticulture industry to develop higher level industry skills for career enhancement and progression. It builds on core knowledge in the subject alongside wider skills for industry such as business acumen, project management, and other specialisms.


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

    Principles of Botany
    Business and the Business Environment
    Plant Identification and Classification
    Plant and Soil Science
    Managing a Successful Project
    Principles of Crop Production
    Plant and Crop Nutrition
    Land-based Machinery and Technology
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 should apply through UCAS as with other university level applications.

    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.

Dates & Fees

Dates & Times
Start date: End date: Start time: End time:
18-Sep-2023 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.

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