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.
|SEMESTER A||SEMESTER B|
|Graduate, Professional Skills
|Principles of Sustainable Development
|Landscape Principles and Practice
|Climate, Soils and Land Use
|Plant Propagation, Growth and Production
|SEMESTER A||SEMESTER B|
|Academic and Professional Development
|Political & Economic Contexts
|Fresh Produce Production
|Plants in Urban Environments
|International Value Chain A
|International Value Chain B
|International Value Chain C
Students can select 30 credits of optional modules from stage two.
These are the modules that are offered in this academic year; however, modules may be subject to change for the following reasons:
- Staff availability - for example the availability of staff to deliver specialist modules, which cannot be delivered by staff who do not have the relevant specialist expertise.
- In response to feedback and annual review processes to ensure we continually enhance our programmes. Changes in these circumstances will usually be made for the benefit of students.
- Student demand - to ensure there are adequate numbers on a module to support the provision of an excellent Learning & Teaching experience.
- The currency of the relevant module. Some modules are specified at a time when they reflect the issues that are currently topical in the subject area. They may have lost that currency by the time that the student is required to exercise the option. In the circumstances, in order to ensure that students are provided with an appropriate learning experience, those modules will be replaced by those which are relevant to the changing nature of the subject area.
The Writtle University College will endeavour to ensure that any impact on students is limited if such changes occur.
The following information provides the entry requirements for this particular course.
UCAS Tariff Points
GCE A Levels
International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma
BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma
BTEC Level 3 Diploma
C & G Level 3 Extended Diploma
C & G Level 3 Diploma
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.
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.
Learning & Teaching Methods
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