Foundation Year (Horticulture)

Studying for a degree with an integrated foundation year will offer you a supportive environment if you have been out of education for a few years or do not have the necessary UCAS points from your recent course of study.

The Foundation Year (Horticulture) is the first year of a four-year undergraduate degree. Following the completion of the foundation year students will progress onto their pre chosen horticulture degree pathway.

Students can choose from the following integrated foundation year horticulture degree courses.

BSc (Hons) Horticulture (with Foundation Year)
UCAS Code:DF10

Please note:
Following successful completion, students will progress to the next year of their pre chosen Horticulture degree course programme.

Please see our Horticulture degree course programmes below for details of modules taught following the foundation year.

(30 credits)
Natural Resource Management
(15 credits)
Community Horticulture
(15 credits)
Contemporary Urban Landscapes
(15 credits)
Optional UK / European study tour or equivalent
Crop Management and Technologies
(15 credits)
Global Trends in Production
(15 credits)
International Trade and Markets
(15 credits)



Optional modules
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.


Applicants should have achieved 5 GCSEs at Grade 4 or above, to include English and preferably Maths. Equivalent qualifications in lieu of GCSEs may also be considered. Consideration is also given to applicants who have significant industry experience, but no formal qualifications. Applications from mature candidates are welcomed.

UCAS Tariff Points
32 tariff points.
GCE A Levels
Minimum 32 UCAS tariff points, to include one GCE A Level grade E or above.
Irish Certificate
32 UCAS tariff points in the Irish Leaving Certificate. This must include a minimum of one Highers at H4 or above.
Scottish Highers
32 UCAS tariff points in Scottish Highers. This must include a minimum of one Higher grade D or above.
International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma
32 UCAS tariff points in an IB Diploma, to include a minimum of one Higher at H3 or above. This must also include Maths and English Language at a minimum of Standard Level S3 if equivalent GCSE's have not been obtained.

Overseas students:

Considered on individual merit and level of qualifications / evidence of English language ability. International students will need an IELTS score of 5.5 with a minimum of 5 in all elements.

Mature Students:

We particularly welcome applications from mature students, each application is considered on its own merit.

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