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Female horticulture student hanging plants
Langside Campus
SCQF Level
Start Date
26 Aug 2024
Qualification Type
Course Type
1 Year (August to June)

Applications are now for a place on the waiting list.

This HND Horticulture course will provide you with the skills and knowledge essential for a career in horticulture and landscaping. You will have the opportunity to develop your skills in plant identification, propagation, soil management and enhance existing practical skills in soft and hard landscaping.

Delivered in purpose-built classrooms, workshops and glasshouses, this course will provide an exceptional learning environment to support progression to further study or a career in horticulture and landscaping. 

We encourage and organise visits to local horticultural facilities such as nurseries, gardens, parks and green spaces. We are also delighted to have produced several winners and runners-up in the Lantra Landbased Awards.

What will I learn?

  • Plant knowledge: Identification and use
  • Pests, diseases and plant disorders
  • Plant biology and soil management
  • Practical horticultural skills including soft and hard landscaping
  • Producing plants
  • Machinery for horticulture
  • Business start-up

Entry requirements (minimum)

  • Minimum of one SQA Higher pass at C or above; OR
  • Relevant units at SCQF Level 6; OR
  • We will consider your application if you have relevant experience but no formal qualifications

Additional Information

  • Basic computing skills are essential

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 employers, agencies and industry-lead bodies to ensure that the course is relevant to the sector's needs.

Jobs and further study

  • You will have the potential to progress to jobs within the horticulture industry.
  • Appropriate degrees

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 (remember to check your SPAM folder). 

Your application will be reviewed by the admissions team and you will either be: 

  • Made a direct offer (unconditional or conditional) 
  • Invited to book an interview session 
  • Advised that your application is unsuccessful – you have not met the entry requirements for this course and are advised to contact the College Student Advice Centres to discuss alternative options which may be available to you. 
  • We aim not to reject an application and if you don’t meet the entry requirements you may be referred to a different course or level.  

If you are invited to interview, you will be informed of the outcome of your interview by email within 14 working days. The outcome will be one of the following: 

  1. Unconditional offer of a place – you have met all the entry requirements and your place is guaranteed. You will be required to accept this offer to secure your place. 
  2. Conditional offer of a place – your place is secured pending you meeting the entry requirements. This may mean achieving school or college qualifications which you may not be able to provide to us yet. You will be required to accept this offer to secure your conditional place. Once your conditions are met this will change to an unconditional offer of a place which you must accept before you can enrol on the course.  
  3. Waiting list – you have met all entry requirements, and have been interviewed however, the course is now full so you have been placed on a waiting list. If any spaces become available you may be contacted, usually around the course start date. We would advise that you also consider other application options. 
  4. Reserve listfollowing your interview, you have unfortunately not been successful in this round of recruitment. We have placed your name on a Reserve list and your application may be reconsidered at a later date. This could happen any time up to the start date of the course but it is very possible that you will not be offered a place. We would advise that you also consider other application options. 
  5. Unsuccessful – your interview has been unsuccessful. You may be offered a place on a course at a different level, or advised to contact the College Student Advice Centres to discuss alternative options which may be available to you. 

Once an offer is received, you must reply within 14 working days or risk losing your place, as the system will automatically decline your offer after 14 days. 

Once you have accepted your offer, you will be sent out instructions about student funding, joining instructions and induction date.

More questions? Contact us about this course

0141 272 3826