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Horticulture / Horticulture: Garden Design FdSc

  • Level(s) of Study: Foundation degree / Undergraduate
  • UCAS Code(s): D400; D401
  • Start Date(s): September 2023
  • Duration: Two years full-time, three years part-time / sandwich
  • Study Mode(s): Full-time / Part-time / Sandwich
  • Campus: Brackenhurst Campus
  • Entry Requirements:
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Introduction:

Explore the life of plants on these highly vocational and practical courses. Based on understanding and interpreting the landscape around us, they explore horticultural production and growing, along with the principles of plant and soil science. Horticulture is a diverse subject area that covers plant and soil science; commercial crop production; ornamental flower and plant growing; landscape and garden design; and green-space management.

If you have any questions about our Horticulture course, you can now chat to our experienced lecturers and course leaders through Unibuddy.

  • You will benefit from the modern glasshouse complex situated on campus, alongside historic gardens and the country estate.
  • You will have the opportunity to become proficient in surveying a site for development, and plotting data both by hand and using AutoCAD (Computer Aided Design). Guest speakers will also hold workshops and activities to showcase the career opportunities available to you.
  • Brackenhurst campus is home to an entrepreneurial cut-flower business called the Flower Pod, run by the Southwell Care Project and supported by student and staff volunteers.
  • This course can provide progression onto the one year BSc (Hons) Horticulture (final year top-up) degree.

What you’ll study

Throughout the course you'll explore the topics of:

  • plant and soil science
  • commerical crop production
  • ornamental flower and plant growing
  • landscape and garden design
  • green space management

Plants and Soil Science

Develop an understanding of the anatomy, morphology and physiology of plants and how they function in relation to their environment. Aspects include photosynthesis, respiration, and plant propagation. Learn the principles of soil science and identify and evaluate common pests, diseases and disorders.

Garden Design in Practice

This module introduces you to the basic design skills, knowledge and principles required for garden design. It also incorporates the principles of historic garden design and how they relate to design today.

Survey Planning and Construction

Develop topographical site surveying techniques using the latest recording technologies. Gain an introduction to the concept of hard landscaping, including basic bricklaying, block paving, fencing, and patio construction.

Horticultural Technology

Study the range of technologies that have application to the horticultural industry, including greenhouse systems, horticultural machinery, plant propagation technology, and total station (topographical) technology.

Plant and Botanical Knowledge

This module provides an introduction to applied botany, taxonomy and classification. Learn about the range and use of ornamental plants commonly available to the landscaping industry, and also look at ground preparation, planting and maintenance strategies.

This is a placement year for students on the three-year course.

FdSc Horticulture

Soft Landscape Design

Develop knowledge of the range of ornamental plants, and devise planting plans to cover a variety of soft landscape types in both commercial and private contexts.

Horticultural Practices

Learn practical skills in relation to fruit, vegetable and flower production, by both organic and inorganic methods.

Horticultural Employability

Undertake a short industrial placement within the horticultural or landscape sector. The module is complemented by a series of external speakers from industry, giving insight into both career and business opportunities. You’ll also develop your own professional online media profile.

Experimental Design and Analysis

This module will introduce you to research methodology, hypothesis testing, statistical analysis and data presentation

Example optional modules (choose two of the following):

Green Space Management

Understand the objectives, policies and organisation of the management of urban and rural green spaces, both public and private. Gain insight into how local planting, heritage and charity organisations manage green space land.

Crop Production

Develop your practical skills and knowledge of producing crops to a commercial standard. Study the principles of crop scheduling, growth manipulation and crop management.

Land Use Ecology

Explore land uses such as farming and forestry, the productivity of which is determined by the presence and products of ecological processes and the impacts of humans upon them.

FdSc Horticulture: Garden Design pathway

Soft Landscape Design

Develop knowledge of the range of ornamental plants, and devise planting plans to cover a variety of soft landscape types in both commercial and private contexts.

Horticultural Practices

Learn practical skills in relation to fruit, vegetable and flower production, by both organic and inorganic methods.

Horticultural Employability

Undertake a short industrial placement within the horticultural or landscape sector. The module is complemented by a series of external speakers from industry, giving insight into both career and business opportunities. You'll also develop your own professional online media profile.

Applied Design

Develop competency in advanced design concepts. Look at spatial analysis, organic form, and deconstruction. Also, learn the communication of design solutions over a range of site scales and client briefs.

CAD Professional Practice

Develop a range of CAD-based technology skills in various commercially available applications. Learn to produce 2D and 3D garden design drawings to a professional standard. Produce designs suitable for private garden and commercial-scale landscapes.

Experimental Design and Analysis

This module will introduce you to research methodology, hypothesis testing, statistical analysis and data presentation.

Don’t just take our word for it, hear from our students themselves

Student Profiles

Jade Lane

Horticulture / Horticulture: Garden Design

The beautiful grounds, modern facilities and brilliant staff make Brackenhurst campus a wonderful place to study, so on making the decision to take my horticultural studies to a higher level, I had no doubt that the degree course at NTU would be a great option.

Connie Cliff

Horticulture / Horticulture: Garden Design

The course offers a huge range of skills and experiences which means that there are so many routes you can go down in the horticultural sector. Many of the skills are also transferable which would open up opportunities in lots of other sectors as well.

Sophie Williams

Horticulture / Horticulture: Garden Design

I would definitely recommend this degree to new students. It’s such a diverse course, with so many different career opportunities. It as a fun course, with many practical components- i.e. not just classroom based.

Hafsah Hafeji

Horticulture / Horticulture: Garden Design

It is a fantastic course with great career prospects and the beautiful campus is an excellent environment to study and learn in.

Nicola Walter

Horticulture / Horticulture: Garden Design

The great thing about horticulture is that it’s applicable all over the world, which means lots of potential travelling! At Christmas I went to Hawaii to work with tropical plants and conservation at the National Tropical Botanical Gardens.

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How you’re taught

You will be taught through a variety of methods including group seminars, lectures and practical sessions.

Contact hours

  • Year 1 lectures/seminars/workshops (28%) and independent study (72%)
  • Year 2 lectures/seminars/workshops (27%), independent study (62%) and placements (11%).

A placement year may be taken between year 1 and year 2 of study.

Staff Profiles

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How you’re assessed

  • Year 1 coursework (67%) and written (33%)
  • Year 2 coursework (83%) and written (17%)

Careers and employability

Your career development

Graduates of this course go on to a wide range of careers including:

  • technologist
  • landscape management
  • garden design
  • self-employed roles
  • horticultural therapist
  • historic landscape management
  • green space adviser
  • agronomist.

Excellent placement opportunities

The course includes an optional sandwich year placement between Year One and Year Two, or during Year Two. You can develop their skills and experience in a working environment which is highly valued by future employers.

Recent students have taken paid placements in

  • garden centres and nurseries
  • landscape contractors
  • organisations such as the National Trust
  • crop production growers and agronomic research organisations, both private and public.

NTU Enterprise

You'll also have the opportunity to turn your ideas into a viable business with help from NTU Enterprise, NTU's purpose-built Centre for Entrepreneurship and Enterprise, a support centre to help students create, develop and grow their own businesses.

Campus and facilities

ottingham Trent University's Brackenhurst Campus has been delivering high standards of horticultural education since 1955 and offers a friendly study environment with excellent specialist facilities set in 200 hectares of parkland.

New facilities include teaching, laboratory, design and CAD studios, state-of-the-art glasshouses, covered practical areas, and a historic walled garden.

Other facilities include:

  • teaching, laboratory, design and Computer Aided Design studios
  • ultra-modern glasshouses, covered practical areas
  • a historic and enclosed garden.

Brackenhurst Campus has recently featured in national and international press coverage and horticulture-related TV productions.

Green Flag status

Brackenhurst Campus has been awarded Green Flag status, a national award recognising green spaces throughout the country. We received the award along with other notable green spaces such as Kensington Gardens, Regent's Park and St James's Park.

Entry requirements

What are we looking for?

  • A-levels – DD, excluding General Studies; or
  • BTEC Extended Diploma – PPP; or
  • 48 UCAS Tariff points from two A-levels or equivalent qualifications, excluding General Studies.
  • GCSEs – English and Maths grade C / 4.

Applicants without A-levels will have their applications assessed for subject compatibility.

Other qualifications and experience

We consider equivalent qualifications and combinations, please see UCAS course search for details and use our calculator to help you work out how many UCAS points your qualifications relate to.

We may also consider credits achieved at other universities and your work/life experience through an assessment of prior learning. This may be for year one entry, or beyond the beginning of a course where applicable, for example, into year 2. Our Recognition of Prior Learning and Credit Transfer Policy outlines the process and options available for this route.

Contextual offers

As well as assessing your application and qualifications, we use contextual data and information to make offers for this course. Depending on your circumstances, we may make you an offer up to two grades below the standard entry criteria. Find out how we assess your application.

Getting in touch

If you need any more help or information, please email our Admissions and Enquiries Team or call on +44 (0)115 848 4200.

What are we looking for?

  • A-levels – DD, excluding General Studies; or
  • BTEC Extended Diploma – PPP; or
  • 48 UCAS Tariff points from two A-levels or equivalent qualifications, excluding General Studies.
  • GCSEs – English and Maths grade C / 4.

Applicants without A-levels will have their applications assessed for subject compatibility.

International qualifications

We accept qualifications from all over the world – check yours here:

Undergraduate preparation courses (Foundation)

If you don’t yet meet our entry requirements, we offer Foundation courses through our partner Nottingham Trent International College (NTIC), based on our City Campus:

English language entry requirements

You can meet our language requirements by successfully completing our pre-sessional English course for an agreed length of time, or by submitting the required grade in one of our accepted English language tests, such as IELTS:

Advanced standing (starting your undergraduate degree in year 2 or 3)

You may be able to start your undergraduate course in year 2 or 3 based on what you have studied before. This decision would be made in accordance with our Recognition of Prior Learning and Credit Transfer Policy.

Would you like some advice on your study plans?

Our international teams are highly experienced in answering queries from students all over the world. We also have members of staff based in Vietnam, China, India and Nigeria and work with a worldwide network of education counsellors.

Complete this simple form to keep in touch with the International Office.

Fees and funding

Preparing for the financial side of student life is important, but there’s no need to feel anxious and confused about it. We hope that our fees and funding pages will answer all your questions.

Getting in touch

For more advice and guidance, you can contact our Student Financial Support Service.

Tel: +44 (0)115 848 2494

Additional costs

Your course fees cover the cost of studies, and include loads of great benefits, such as the use of our library, support from our expert Employability team, and free use of the IT equipment across our campuses.

Library books

Most study modules will recommend one or more core text books, which most students choose to purchase. Book costs vary and further information is available in the University’s bookshop. Our libraries provide a good supply of essential text books, journals and materials (many of which you can access online) – meaning you may not need to purchase as many books as you might think! There may also be a supply of second-hand books available for purchase from previous year students.

Field trips

All essential field trip costs will be included in your course fees. There may be the opportunity to take part in optional field trips, which do incur additional costs.

Placements

If you're undertaking a placement year, you'll need to budget for accommodation and any travel costs you may incur whilst on placement. Many of our placement students do earn a salary whilst on placement which can help to cover these living costs.

Print and copy costs

The University allocates an annual printing and copying allowance of £20 depending on the course you are studying. For more details about costs for additional print and copying required over and above the annual allowance please see the Printing, photocopying and scanning information on the Library website.

Other costs

All students will also be expected to provide their own steel toe-capped safety boots and working overalls.

Tuition fees for September 2022 entry

Mode of study

International tuition fee

Full-time

£15,600

Full-time with placement

£15,600 + £1,385 (placement year)

fees are payable for each year that you are at the University. The level of tuition fees for the second and subsequent years of your undergraduate course may increase in line with inflation and as specified by the UK government.

Scholarships

We offer scholarships of up to 50% of your tuition fee. You can apply for your scholarship when you have an offer to study at NTU.

Living costs

Get advice on the cost of living as an international student in Nottingham and how to budget:

Paying fees

Find out about advanced payments, instalment plan options and how to make payments securely to the University:

Would you like some advice on your study plans?

Our international teams are highly experienced in answering queries from students all over the world. We also have members of staff based in Vietnam, China, India and Nigeria and work with a worldwide network of education counsellors.

Additional costs

Your course fees cover the cost of studies, and include loads of great benefits, such as the use of our library, support from our expert Employability team, and free use of the IT equipment across our campuses.

Library books

Most study modules will recommend one or more core text books, which most students choose to purchase. Book costs vary and further information is available in the University’s bookshop. Our libraries provide a good supply of essential text books, journals and materials (many of which you can access online) – meaning you may not need to purchase as many books as you might think! There may also be a supply of second-hand books available for purchase from previous year students.

Field trips

All essential field trip costs will be included in your course fees. There may be the opportunity to take part in optional field trips, which do incur additional costs.

Placements

If you're undertaking a placement year, you'll need to budget for accommodation and any travel costs you may incur whilst on placement. Many of our placement students do earn a salary whilst on placement which can help to cover these living costs.

Print and copy costs

The University allocates an annual printing and copying allowance of £20 depending on the course you are studying. For more details about costs for additional print and copying required over and above the annual allowance please see the Printing, photocopying and scanning information on the Library website.

Other costs

All students will also be expected to provide their own steel toe-capped safety boots and working overalls.

How to apply

Ready to join us? Then apply as soon as you can.

To apply for the full-time and sandwich routes of this course just click the Apply button at the top of the page and follow the instructions for applying. Make sure you check the entry requirements above carefully before you do.

To apply for the part-time route, please apply directly to NTU via our applicant portal.

Writing your application and personal statement

Be honest, thorough and persuasive in your application. Remember, we can only make a decision based on what you tell us. So include all of your qualifications and grades, including resits or predicted grades.

Your personal statement is a really important part of your application. It’s your chance to convince us why we should offer you a place! You’ve got 4,000 characters to impress us. Make sure you use them to show how your skills and qualities are relevant to the course(s) you’re applying for. For more hints and tips, take a look at our page on how to write a good personal statement.

Keeping up-to-date

After you’ve applied, we’ll be sending you important emails throughout the application process so check your emails regularly, including your junk mail folder.

You can get more information and advice about applying to NTU on our Your Application page. Good luck with your application!

Getting in touch

If you need any more help or information, please email our Admissions Team or call on +44 (0)115 848 4200.

You can apply for this course through UCAS. If you are not applying to any other UK universities, you can apply directly to us on our NTU applicant portal.

Application advice

Apply early so that you have enough time to prepare – processing times for Student visas can vary, for example.  After you've applied, we'll be sending you important emails throughout the application process – so check your emails regularly, including your junk mail folder.

Writing your personal statement

Be honest, thorough, and persuasive – we can only make a decision about your application based on what you tell us:

Advice on writing a good personal statement

Would you like some advice on your study plans?

Our international teams are highly experienced in answering queries from students all over the world. We also have members of staff based in Vietnam, China, India and Nigeria and work with a worldwide network of education counsellors.

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