FdSc Horticulture Commercial


Hadlow Campus

Start Date



UCAS Codes

Institution Code: H03
Course Code: DK17 H FdSc/H
Aimed at students who wish to gain a degree qualification in horticulture, this programme gives you the opportunity to specialise in either nursery production, fruit production, medicinal plant production or retail.

Following the production route will allow you to develop skills in propagation, growing on, harvest and post harvest care for a range of crops from ornamentals for the garden centre trade through to cut flowers, medicinal crops and fruit. Other aspects include machinery, soil science and common pests and diseases.

Coursework (assignments, written reports, case studies and presentations) as well as final examinations.

Successful students can progress onto the BSc (Hons) Horticulture - Commercial programme. Alternatively, career prospects are excellent at technical sales and managerial levels. This programme is recognised by the Institute of Horticulture as leading towards membership. Typical employers include nurseries, fruit farms, garden centres and glasshouses in a horticultural research and new product development capacity..

Protective clothing, footwear, a horticultural knife and secateurs.

Students benefit from a wide range of links with commercial nurseries, research institutes, organic producers, public and privately owned gardens as well as exposure to the retail world through our onsite garden centre. The College is also a member of the Royal Horticultural Society; NCCPG and the Hardy Plant Society.

Please note that all programme specifications and course modules are subject to annual change.

Year 1 – Level 4

• Plant Science (15)
• Professional Practice (15)
• Soil Science and Chemistry (15)
• Horticultural Production (30)
• Work Based Learning (30)
• Research Skills (15)

Year 2 – Level 5

• Business Planning and Performance (15)
• Crop Science (15)
• Crop Production (30)
• Work Based Learning (30)
• Retail Horticulture (15)
• Post-Harvest (15)

    Hadlow Campus

  • 2 Years

    Full time

  • £6,165.00

  • Awarding body

    University of Greenwich

Entry requirements

64 UCAS points made up from A levels, preferably one in Science based subject, or a relevant Level 3 vocational qualification. All applicants should also have a GCSE grade C or above in English, maths and science.

Life experiences are taken into account when considering applications.