Certificate of Higher Education in Urban Horticulture

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The 21st century has seen human urban populations exceed those of rural populations for the first time in history. This trend has driven a rapid expansion of cities, often with severe environmental consequences for the populations within them.

Horticulture is already an integral part of people's lives and urban planning initiatives. Certificate of Higher Education in Urban Horticulture equips students with the knowledge to work effectively in urban settings by approaching the problems of the restitution of green infrastructure through restorative environmental and ecological design and practice. Students develop skills and knowledge through a combination of theoretical and practically based learning strategies, including visits and case studies drawing on the experience of industry professionals.

Whilst primarily concerned with aspects of green infrastructure and environmental restoration, the students are also introduced to aspects of food security and production in urban areas, meaning the certificate offers an ideal springboard into further degree level studies to students with a wide range of horticultural interests.

Graduate, Professional Skills
(15 credits)
Principles of Sustainable Development
(15 credits)
Landscape Principles and Horticulture Skills
(15 credits)
Urban Environments and Ecology
(15 credits)
Biological Processes
(15 credits)
Climate, Soils and Land Use
(15 credits)
Plant Propagation and Nursery Stock Production
(15 credits)
Ecological Design and Restorative Urban Planting
(15 credits)

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

UCAS Tariff Points


GCE A Levels

48 UCAS tariff points, to include one GCE A level grade C or above

Irish Certificate

48 UCAS tariff points, to include 2 x B3 or H3 higher

Scottish Highers

48 UCAS tariff points, to include 1 x B & 1 x C

International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma

Total (IB) Diploma point score of 24 or more

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma


BTEC Level 3 Diploma


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.

Access course

Writtle University College welcomes applicants studying Access to HE Diploma courses. For more information please contact Admissions.

Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL/APEL)

Information about our Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL/APEL) policy can be found on our Higher Education Regulations and Policies page.

The following list shows the variety of learning and teaching methods experienced on this course.

  • Lectures and tutorials
  • Practical sessions
  • Seminars
  • Case studies
  • Live projects
  • Workshops
  • Course work

The Certificate of Higher Education in Urban Horticulture contains a variety of assessment methods to ensure practical and academic competence.

  • Essays and technical reports
  • Examinations - both multiple choice and essay questions
  • Presentations - both individually and in small groups
  • Practical assessments
  • Peer review
  • Self-reflection
  • Debates