Diploma of Higher Education Horticulture - Writtle University College
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Diploma of Higher Education Horticulture

UCAS Code: D417

This two year programme is intended to prepare students for a range of careers in the horticulture industry, and to help stimulate their interest in and knowledge of the principles of horticultural practice in a wider context. Essentially comprising the first two years of the BSc Horticulture degree, it enables those who are wishing to take a more ‘fast-track’ approach entering the workplace, whilst still enabling the progression to a full Honours degree.

There is a strong practical basis for the course, with students becoming conversant with many of the underpinning scientific principles, and technologies within the discipline. In addition students gain an overview of the industry, including the importance of economic, social, political and technological issues specific to horticulture.

The duration of the course makes it ideal for those already working within the industry who wish to advance their career, as well as new entrants, and students can access the programme on a full time (two years) basis or part-time (normally four years) basis.


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

UCAS Tariff Points
GCE A Levels
80 UCAS tariff points, to include one GCE A level grade C or above
Irish Certificate
80 UCAS tariff points, to include 2 x B1 or H2 higher
Scottish Highers
80 UCAS tariff points, to include 2 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 Extended Diploma
Pass (48 + in combination with other qualifications to meet 80)
C & G Level 3 Diploma
Distinction (72 + in combination with other qualifications to meet 80)

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

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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
  • Fieldwork and workshops
  • Flexible practical activities
  • Practical project work
  • Class-based activities
  • Group discussions

The Diploma of Higher Education 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
  • Debates