BSc (Hons) Horticulture and International Business - Writtle University College
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BSc (Hons) Horticulture and International Business

UCAS Code: D408

Horticulture and International Business will provide knowledge and critical understanding of key horticultural principles and practices with an expectation that applicants gain insight in the overarching business and commercial drivers of today. Applicants may have studied or have some experience of underpinning business, but may not have the horticultural knowledge to apply this to a global fresh produce or plant products value chain. The course offers knowledge of horticultural techniques and an interest in plants and appreciation of their economic importance is an advantage. Students will have the opportunity to produce a business plan and/or consultancy project and will learn from relevant case studies. Interaction with growers and consumers is an essential part of the learning.

The course draws on the WUC's long-standing expertise of horticultural education to produce graduates who are able to meet future industry and sector needs. This will include an appreciation of the current developments through extensive visits to local horticultural enterprises and external talks from industry experts. Business start up will be offered as an additional enhancement activity augmenting the offer of sector-specific recognised competencies. Students will be able to tailor these additional skills development to suit their own interests and career aspirations with guided emphasis on the selection of internships and placements from May to September aligned to their study. Career advice and planning will be embedded from the start of the course using the expertise of the course team, extensive industry and sector links with individual advice assured via the WUC's Careers Officer. This course opens entry into a buoyant international food supply chain and to markets through its blend of horticulture and business study.


* Business
** Business and International Trade


The following information provides the entry requirements for this particular course.

UCAS Tariff Points
GCE A Levels
96 UCAS tariff points, to include one GCE A level grade C or above
Irish Certificate
96 UCAS tariff points, to include 3 x B1 or H2 higher
Scottish Highers
96 UCAS tariff points, to include 3 x B
International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma
Total (IB) Diploma point score of 24 or more
BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma
BTEC Level 3 Diploma
C & G Level 3 Advanced Technical Extended Diploma (720)
Distinction (96)
C & G Level 3 Extended Diploma
Merit (96)
C & G Level 3 Advanced Technical Extended Diploma (1080)
Merit (96)
C & G Level 3 Diploma
Distinction (96)

Please note:

An equivalent or higher combination of grades to that indicated above will also be accepted.


All applicants must hold a minimum of four GCSE passes at grade C/4 or above to include English, Maths and Science.

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Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL/APEL)

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If you are interested in food security, business and the effect of economic growth on the environment, this course provides the ideal combination of business and science closely accompanied by essential graduate skills development valued and preferentially sought after by the graduate recruitment market .

The course considers the complex moral and ethical dilemmas of production systems, public concerns and the constraints and opportunities for global business in the context of climate change, social exploitation and resource management. The course will require an interest in the global horticultural business environment, seeking sustainable solutions to meet commercial objectives. This will be combined with the essential science of horticulture, plants and their products, the impact of Brexit on imports and exports and knowledge and understanding of environmental stewardship and impact on human well-being. The UN Sustainable Development Goals will be an important framework underpinning the course.

The acquisition of knowledge and understanding will be achieved through integration of theory and practice fostered through live projects, case studies and practical learning. The following list shows the variety of learning and teaching methods experienced on this course.

  • Lectures
  • Guest lecturers from industry and sector specialist
  • Study tours
  • Practical sessions
  • Coursework assignments
  • Visits to local, regional and European enterprises
  • Workshops
  • Group work
  • Tutorials

Knowledge and understanding is assessed mainly via examination, practical testing, projects, coursework and use of case studies. The following list shows the variety of assessment methods experienced on this course.

  • Presentations
  • Critiques from tutors, peers, consumers and industry/sector specialists
  • Portfolios
  • Coursework
  • Reports
  • Examinations
  • Dissertation
On successful completion of the course graduates possess the knowledge and skills to gain employment through graduate training schemes specifically those relating to the Food and Fresh Produce schemes such as companies holding MDS membership, for example Chingford Fruit , Flamingo Horticulture, Fyffes, Gs Fresh and Berry Gardens; these employment opportunities draw on our established links with these companies.
Our graduates may opt to start their own business enterprise or progress onto Postgraduate study