Horticulture HNC

UCAS code 154D
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What is special about this course?

The HNC Horticulture is designed to provide students with a broad knowledge of horticulture and landscape and to develop an understanding of the characteristics, growth and use of plants.

The programme is delivered by very experienced horticulture tutors and an award-winning garden designer.

Throughout the course you will be introduced to areas of specialism and will develop a growing appreciation and understanding of the evolving nature of horticultural science and practices. This generic and practical knowledge, together with the introduction of communication, supervisory and management skills and abilities will prepare you for employment at craft level in this diverse industry.

 

Special features

  • Taught by experienced horticulture specialists
  • Opportunity to gain essential supervisory and management skills as well as practical experience
  • Study full-time or part-time to fit in with your personal and work commitments

Accommodation

We offer modern student accommodation at a number of our locations.

Entry requirements

  • 1 Scottish Higher at grade C or above, or
  • 1 A level at grade D or above
  • Alternatively, NC Horticulture or other equivalent SCQF level 6 course

 

Access routes

  • NC Horticulture or other relevant equivalent SCQF level 6 course

Year 1 - HNC

Mandatory units are:

  • Horticultural Practices
  • Plant Growth and Development
  • Plant Protection
  • Horticulture: Plant Recognition and Use
  • Soil Management
  • Horticulture: Graded Unit 1

Optional subjects may include:

  • Plant Physiology
  • Horticultural Mechanisation Principles
  • Planting Design
  • Financial Records for Small Business
  • Retailing of Plants
  • Plants for Gardens: Specialised Plantings

How will I study my course?

  • Full Time
  • Part Time (Structured)

You will learn through a combination of face-to-face and/or video conference lectures and practical work. For those enrolled at Argyll College UHI, you will complete the practical work in a block placement at the college garden in Oban. For those enrolled at Moray College UHI, practical work will be done at the Biblical Garden in Elgin.


How long will my course last?


  • Full Time: 1 year
  • Part Time: 2 years

 


Where can I study my course?

Start date

  • September

Fees

For students normally domiciled in Scotland or the European Union/EEA (outside of the UK) and with a term time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:

Higher National Awards (HNC, HND)2017-182018-19
Full-time per year £1,285 £1,285
Part-time (per HN credit) £86 £86

Rest of UK students

For students normally domiciled in the rest of the UK (England, Wales and N. Ireland) and with a term time address in Scotland studying this course, the following fees apply:

Higher National Awards (HNC, HND)2017-182018-19
Full-time per year £6,510 £6,720
Part-time (per HN credit) £434 £448

Fees are payable in advance each academic year unless otherwise agreed.

There are a number of funding options available to UK and EU students to help you pay for your studies and your cost of living whilst studying.

International students

For students who do not normally reside in the UK or European Union and with a term-time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:

Higher National Awards (HNC, HND)2017-182018-19
Full-time per year £6,510 £6,720
Part-time (per HN credit)** £434 £448

*There is no part-time study option for Tier 4 sponsored international students.

Funding

External scholarships and financial support may be available. Contact the relevant university partner college for more information.

What can I do on completion of my course?

Once you have successfully completed the HNC Horticulture, you might like to consider careers in:

  • Retail horticulture: garden centre or large home/leisure store
  • Landscaping
  • Private estates/ homes work e.g. National Trust
  • Self-employment

Can I progress into further study?

On successful completion of the HNC you may progress to the HND Horticulture

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What our students, graduates and staff say

I’ve achieved better grades that I imagined I was capable of, which I believe is largely down to the tutors I’ve been lucky enough to have. They have been amazing – so supportive and encouraging. I know I’m a bit older than most students, but it’s never too late to study something you love. I’m so grateful to Argyll College for enabling me to do that, and I recommend that anyone who’s interested in studying – whatever age they are – visit their local college centre and find out what’s on offer. It’s been unbelievable. I’ve loved every minute of it and wish I’d done something like this 20 years ago.

Wendy Chance, studied HNC Horticulture at Argyll College UHI

Apply for Horticulture HNC

I want to start in Aug/Sep 2019

We are delighted that you are thinking about studying at the University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI). UHI operates a fair and open admissions system committed to equality of opportunity and non-discrimination. We consider all applications on merit and on the basis of ability to achieve, without discrimination on grounds of gender, age, disability, ethnicity and socio-economic background. We welcome applications from all prospective students and aim to provide appropriate and efficient services to students with disabilities.

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