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NC Horticulture (Level 5) (2018/19)

Course Content

This course is highly practical, but with a theoretical element which is continuously assessed throughout the year. Comprising: 12 credits plus three core skills. Six of the units will be covered on both options, including plant identification, garden design, horticultural machinery and plant nutrition. Applicants will have two choices : AMENITY HORTICULTURE. This option is highly plant orientated with subjects including: plant propagation, seed sowing and soft landscaping using trees and shrubs. Suitable for a possible career in garden maintenance or working in a garden centre or nursery. LANDSCAPE CONSTRUCTION Includes landscape construction subjects such as: brickwork, paths and paving, drystone walling and fence construction. Option choices can be discussed further at interview and candidates will be entered for their preferred choice.

Target Audience

candidates can progress from the NC Introduction to Horticulture Programme or have a high level experience of horticulture both the practical and theory elements.

Entry Requirements

NC Introduction to Horticulture level 4 programme, however, applicants with other relevant experience and a genuine interest in the industry will be considered. Reading, writing and numeracy skills essential along with qualifications that show that they can work at SCQF Level 5.

Future Prospects

Possible self/employment, or study at higher level.


Course assessment is by observation of practical tasks, written assignments and garden design projects. Assessment is ongoing throughout the year.


SCQF Level: 5

How to Apply

How Where When
Full-Time Kingsway Campus 27 Aug 18 Apply Online

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