Horticulture HNC

UCAS code 154D
Information line 0845 272 3600*

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 – at a practical level – an understanding of the characteristics, growth and use of plants.

The course will be 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


We can provide information on local accommodation options at each centre on request to help you find a place to stay if required.

Entry requirements

  • 1 Scottish Higher at grade C or above Or
  • 1 A level at grade D or above Or
  • NC Horticulture


Access routes

NC Horticulture

Year 1 - HNC

Mandatory units are:

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

Optional subjects may include:

  • Plant Physiology
  • Horticultural Mechanisation Principles
  • Planting Design
  • Financial Records for Small Business
  • Preparing to Start a Business

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 a block placement at Argyll College UHI's garden in Oban

How long will my course last?

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


Where can I study my course?

Start date



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.


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

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Apply for Horticulture HNC

I want to start in Aug/Sep 2018

International applicants should apply using the UHI International application form. Please download and print the form, complete and return using the address indicated. More information is available for international applicants at our international student page

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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