HNC Horticulture

Course Details

  • Start Date
    September 2019
  • Duration
    1 year
  • Attendance
    Full Time
  • Awarding Body
  • Cost
  • Centre Location
  • Course Description

    This is a broad-based Level 4 Horticulture programme for anyone interested in developing a range of higher and technical skills to work in the horticulture industry. It is also for people already working the industry who wish to enhance their career prospects by increasing their skill levels.

    This course provides the ideal route for those studying at Level 3 to progress to higher education.  Although this is a stand-alone qualification many will choose to continue to the full HND in the second year (Level 5).  Links with industry are maintained through work-based learning placements and projects.

    There are seven core modules that are taken at HNC level, covering basic underpinning knowledge and a wide range of relevant current vocational skills. You will also have the opportunity to select one of two option modules.

    The modules are: -

    Students are required to attend a series of lectures, seminars and practicals. Some modules require individuals to undertake directed self-study with tutor support. Guest speakers from various industry-based organisations are used to give a workplace perspective.

    You will have access to excellent resources and facilities both onsite (horticulture centre, Walled Gardens and glasshouses) and in the surrounding areas.

    The qualification has been designed in collaboration with industry ensuring that you will develop the necessary skills and knowledge for employment.

    Work experience is not a pre-requisite of the HNC but for those progressing to HND in the following year industry-based placements are required.

  • Teaching and Assessment

    • The modules are assessed via 100% coursework
    • Coursework comprises written/practical reports, in-class tests, case studies, essays, oral presentations and posters
    • A substantial amount of practical work will be undertaken on and off site and assessed
    • A major research project allows independent research in a topic of interest related to the subject area
  • Entry Requirements

    • You will require a minimum of 48 UCAS points (or 120 on the old system) from a full Level 3 qualification in a relevant subject area and at least 4 GCSEs at grades A* – C or 9 - 4 including Maths, English and science or Level 2 equivalent 
    • Mature applicants with relevant experience who do not have the stated entry requirements are encouraged to apply
    • Applicants who are non-native English speakers or who have not studied the final two years of school in English can demonstrate capability of English at a standard commensurate with IELTS 5.5, with a minimum of 5.0 being awarded on individual sections 
  • Costs

    Please note there may be additional fees associated with your chosen course in relation to uniform, residentials, books etc.