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Langside Campus
SCQF Level
Start Date
23 Aug 2021
Qualification Type
Course Type
2 Years (August to June)

Applications are now closed. Applications will re-open January 2022.

This HND Horticulture course will provide you with knowledge and understanding, competencies, skills and abilities in horticulture and landscaping to make you employable at management level.

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.

What will I learn?

You will be able to apply the main general 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
  • Show gardens: Design and construction
  • Retailing of plants

Please note that due to the impact of COVID-19, this course will be delivered via a blended learning approach - which may include limited face-to-face learning on campus combined with remote learning off-campus and digital learning approaches. If and when delivery is taking place on-campus, there will be reduced student numbers and physical distancing measures in place. If you require any support in learning digitally please inform the Course Leader or Student Support team.

Entry requirements (minimum)

  • Minimum of one SQA Higher pass at C or above - Higher Biology is desirable; or
  • Relevant units at SCQF Level 6
  • Basic computing skills are essential
  • HNC Horticulture (for year 2 entry) 
  • HNC Landscape Management 

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

Entry requirement equivalency table

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

  • appropriate degree
  • you will have the potential to progress to jobs within the horticulture industry.

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 and we will be in contact as per the following stages:

  • you will be invited to attend an interview. Please bring your qualifications and photographic ID with you.
  • if you have no formal qualifications will be asked to complete a numeracy and communications test
  • interviews will take place within six weeks of applying.


You will be informed of the outcome by email within 10 working days of the interview. There are four possible outcomes:

  1. unconditional place: your place is guaranteed on return of your acceptance
  2. conditional place: your place is secured once you meet the conditions set
  3. waiting list: the course is full and you have been placed on a waiting list. If a place becomes available you may be contacted.
  4. unsuccessful: you have not met the entry criteria or did not met the necessary level at the skills test. The Student Advice Centre can be contacted to discuss alternative options.

Once an offer is received, you must reply within 10 working 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.

More questions? Contact us about this course

0141 272 3826