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Langside Campus
SCQF Level
Start Date
26 Aug 2024
Qualification Type
Course Type
1 year (August to June)

This HND Horticulture course will provide you with knowledge and understanding, competencies, skills and abilities in horticulture and landscaping required for management level roles.

In addition to plant growth and development, plant recognition and soil management, it covers integrated plant protection and soil and plant nutrition. You will also develop skills in problem solving, analysis, synthesis, and evaluation. All teaching takes place in the purpose built Horticulture centre at our Langside Campus.

This course is for entry to Year 2 of HND Horticulture. If you wish to study this course on a part-time basis, please indicate this clearly in the Personal Statement section of the application form.

What will I learn?

You will be able to apply the main common practices and techniques of horticulture and landscaping, drawing on advanced and specialised knowledge, and using specialised professional skills and practices. You will act with significant autonomy in some activities, taking responsibility for the supervision of others or the management of work and resources, and will have to evaluate key aspects of your own performance. 

You will develop your skills in problem solving, analysis, synthesis, and evaluation, and how to develop innovative solutions to a variety of unpredictable problems. 

You will develop knowledge and skills in a range of subject areas including: 

  • Soils and plant nutrition 
  • Plant protection: Integrated approaches 
  • Hardy ornamental nursery stock 
  • Horticultural growing media 
  • Landscape management and maintenance 
  • Lawn construction and maintenance 
  • Parks, gardens, and public open spaces 
  • Plants for gardens: Specialised plantings 
  • Retailing of plants 
  • Plants and habitats: Ecology and conservation 

Entry requirements (minimum)

  • HNC Horticulture / HNC Landscape Management, or equivalent in an appropriate related subject.

Entry requirement equivalency table

If you do not meet the entry criteria for your chosen course, you may be offered an alternative course in the same subject area.

Employer and industry links

The College works with a range of public and private sector employers, agencies, and industry lead bodies to ensure that the course is relevant to the sector's needs.

Jobs and further study

  • Opportunities exist to progress to further study on horticulture degrees
  • You will have the potential to progress to jobs within the horticulture industry. 

Take a look at the course progression map for horticulture and landscape courses.

Making an application

For courses starting in August, you can make up to two applications.

Applications are made to a course and a first choice of campus. If the course is oversubscribed at your first choice you will be automatically considered for alternative sites and may be made an offer without a further application.

I've applied — what happens next?

When you apply

You will receive an automated email confirming that we have received your application. Please check your junk / SPAM folder if you don't think you have heard from us.


You will be informed of the outcome by email within 10 days.

There are four possible outcomes:

unconditional place: your place is guaranteed on return of your acceptance

conditional place: your place is secured once you meet the conditions set

waiting list: the course is full and you have been placed on a waiting list. If a place becomes available you may be contacted.

unsuccessful: you have not met the entry criteria. The Student Advice Centre can be contacted to discuss alternative options.

Once an offer is received, you must reply within 14 days or risk losing your place.

Once you have accepted your offer, you will be sent further details such as start date, induction date and funding information.

You will be invited to our open day where you can meet with the staff and existing students, you will also be given a tour of the campus 

More questions? Contact us about this course

0141 272 3826