Horticulture: Gardening & Landscaping - Writtle University College

Horticulture: Gardening & Landscaping

Horticulture - Gardening and Landscaping

Writtle University College (WUC) is one of the oldest and largest providers of horticultural education in the UK. We offer a number of gardening and landscaping courses that are designed to equip you with all of the practical skills and knowledge required for a future career in the horticultural industry.

WUC has a wealth of outdoor and indoor resources that are used extensively in the teaching of horticulture and landscaping, including landscaped gardens, large tropical and temperate glasshouses and a large amenity building, which enables experimental designs to be constructed indoors.

Did you know?

  • Horticulture is a hugely diverse subject with a wide range of career opportunities
  • WUC students and staff have previously won Gold, Best in Show and People's Choice at the Young Gardeners of the Year competition
  • WUC horticulture courses are endorsed by the Chartered Institute of Horticulture
  • WUC students get involved with all areas of horticulture, including amenity, design and landscaping
  • WUC students take part in The Ideal Home Show (London), RHS events and work visit botanical gardens across the UK

The industry has traditionally been divided into two sectors, amenity horticulture and commercial horticulture. Amenity horticulture focuses on how land is used and managed for public benefit, ranging from historical/botanical gardens and landscape management to country parks and recreation such as winter/ summer sports and golf courses. Within commercial horticulture, the main areas of employment are the intensive growing of food crops, ornamental crops, hardy nursery stock production, as well as floriculture and retailing.

Our horticultural, landscaping and gardening college courses are open to post-GCSE school leavers as well as mature learners who are looking to study on a part-time or full-time basis.

After completing one of our Further Education horticulture courses, you will also be able to progress on to one of the University College's horticulture degrees or elsewhere.

Bonus fact!

Throughout your course, you will continue to develop your Maths and English skills. This will develop your employability!