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SRUC Scotland's Rural College

Horticulture

UCAS Code: 014D

Higher National Certificate - HNC

Entry requirements


A level

D,E

To include a Science subject

GCSE/National 4/National 5

Applicants should be able to offer National 5 (A-C) or equivalent pass in English (for literacy) and Maths (for numeracy)

Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017)

H4,H4

To include a Science subject

Scottish Higher

C,C

To include a Science subject

UCAS Tariff

40-42

We've calculated how many Ucas points you'll need for this course.

About this course


Course option

1.0year

Full-time | 2020

Subject

Horticulture

The HNC covers the fundamentals of horticulture. You will learn practical skills and develop your underpinning knowledge of plants and their cultivation. You will also be introduced to the different sectors of the industry including nursery production, maintenance of gardens and greenspace, and plant retailing.

During your studies, the diversity of the course will help you to weigh up which areas of horticulture and gardening you are most interested in for future employment or further study.

You will be qualified for a broad range of job opportunities at the end of the HNC including working for nurseries, private and public gardens, landscape companies and local authorities.

Upon successful completion of this course and depending on module choices, students may apply to join Year 2 of the HND Horticulture or HND Horticulture with Plantsmanship courses.

Modules

You will learn about Plant Identification, Plant Uses, Soil Management, Plant Protection, Business Management, Nursery Production and Plant Physiology. Practical work will include horticultural techniques for plant propagation and the growing on of plants and garden maintenance.

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

Channel Islands
£6,950
per year
England
£6,950
per year
EU
£1,285
per year
International
£14,000
per year
Northern Ireland
£6,950
per year
Scotland
£1,285
per year
Wales
£6,950
per year

The Uni


Course locations:

Elmwood

Glasgow Botanic Gardens

Oatridge

Department:

Horticulture, Landscape and Garden Design

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

66%
med
Horticulture

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Agriculture

Teaching and learning

67%
Staff make the subject interesting
75%
Staff are good at explaining things
72%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
67%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

69%
Library resources
86%
IT resources
83%
Course specific equipment and facilities
53%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

91%
UK students
9%
International students
55%
Male students
45%
Female students
21%
2:1 or above
11%
Drop out rate

After graduation


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Agriculture

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£22,052
med
Average annual salary
95%
med
Employed or in further education
83%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

27%
Elementary agricultural occupations
19%
Agricultural and related trades
11%
Managers and proprietors in agriculture related services

About 70% of the UK's land area is given over to agriculture, so this is a subject representing an important part of the country's economy. Typical starting jobs for graduates in agriculture include agricultural science, farming and farm management, but graduates also go into other areas, such as the horticulture trade, auctioneering and conservation. Agriculture graduates are also in increasing demand for one of the hardest-to-fill jobs in the country - surveying. Jobs for agriculture graduates are often in rural areas - in 2016, areas like Essex, Lincolnshire, Staffordshire, Suffolk, Yorkshire and Kent were all important for agriculture graduates.

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