BSc (Hons)

Horticulture (Final Year Top-Up)

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  • UCAS code(s): D402 / D403
  • Level(s) of study: Undergraduate
  • Study mode(s): Full-time / Sandwich
  • Location: Brackenhurst Campus
  • Starting: September 2019
  • Course duration: 1 / 2 year(s)
  • Entry requirements: More information

Cultivate your understanding of both horticultural practices and the management of green space landscapes at our rural Brackenhurst Campus and increase your employment options in the rewarding field of horticulture with an honours level degree.

As a graduate of an FdSc Horticulture course, this programme will develop your academic and applied horticultural skills which are needed for graduate level employment within these areas of the sector today.

Why choose this course?

  • Study at our picturesque Brackenhurst Campus where we have invested in superb teaching buildings and laboratories.
  • Immerse yourself in the subject in Brackenhurst's incredible outdoor classrooms.
  • Develop your skills in our specialist facilities including glasshouses, a covered hard landscape unit, workshops, Computer Aided Design (CAD) studio, general drawing studio and walled gardens.
  • Use real-world projects and research to prepare you for your career.
  • Gain fieldwork experience to cultivate your skills.
  • Benefit from our strong links with industry through lectures from visiting guest professionals and inspiring workshops.
  • Visit sites and gardens of particular interested in Britain and Europe on study trips.
  • Learn from our expert teaching staff who have substantial industry experience and specialist areas of interest within the landscape and horticulture sectors.
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What you'll study

Learn about modern plant crop management and undertake a research project within an area of your own interest. You will explore both regional and international green space development of spaces developed for specific communities, and evaluate and devise strategies for their management.

You will also further develop your skills of industry-focused research, writing and presentation, to provide you with vital tools to greatly enhance your employability in a professional career context.

  • Year One

    Keystone Project

    Select an original project of your choice, set within your chosen subject area, that identifies a suitable issue or topic of professional interest. With the aid of a nominated supervisor the Keystone Project is aimed at encouraging connection and engagement with real-world issues and enterprises.

    International Landscape Strategies

    Develop your critical understanding of the philosophy for aesthetics and style of international designed landscapes and your appreciation of the chronology of such landscapes and gardens. Create solutions for unique environments that reflect the needs of the individual. group or community. You will also devise changes that would encourage positive experiences of the developed environment. This involves reflection of the impact design elements have on the human psyche.

    Project Management

    You will conduct and present a 'real' integrated management project for the horticultural industry or research sector. This will help develop your professional skills for critically reviewing project management processes and evaluating the effectiveness for achieving project outcomes. Your work will be carried out as part of a project team.

    Agronomy

    Develop an understanding of theoretical knowledge and field based skills in plant and crop production for indoor and outdoor crops. This module includes a mixture of lab and agronomy based fieldwork, that explores the productions aspects of crops in addition to husbandry and post-harvest issues of food and plant production.

    Global Politics, Issues and Ethics

    Explore issues relating to sustainable production, food security and the global supply chain and gain an overview of current policy at global, EU and national level. Also investigate issues of global concern such as the implications of climate change.

Course specification

View the full course specification
Please note that course specifications may be subject to change

Careers and employability

Horticulture covers a diverse range of careers in landscape and garden design; greenspace management, professional horticulture on private estates or in historic gardens, or horticultural training within health and social care projects and beyond.

After completing this degree a whole host of career options within these fields will be available to you, including:

  • horticultural scientific research
  • agronomy
  • plant production
  • cut flower supply chain
  • local authority
  • heritage estate and green space managers
  • horticulture therapy
  • garden designers and landscaping.

You may also wish to pursue setting up and running your own horticultural business, which we can help you with through NTU's centre for entrepreneurship and enterprise, The Hive.

Placements are an excellent opportunity to both explore a potential career avenue and to build on experience, and it can lead to a Placement Diploma in Industrial Studies.

Teaching on this course is supported by a suite of glasshouses and polytunnels as well as an AutoCAD studio.

Entry requirements

What are we looking for?

  • FdSc Horticulture degree; or
  • HND in a relevant subject.

We also consider equivalent qualifications and combinations.

If you are unsure whether the qualifications you have, or are currently studying for, meet the minimum entry requirements for this course, please contact us before submitting an application through UCAS.

The UCAS Tariff

We've created a UCAS Tariff calculator to help you work out how many UCAS points your qualifications relate to.

Getting in touch

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

We accept qualifications from schools, colleges and universities all over the world for entry onto our undergraduate and postgraduate degrees. If you’re not sure how your international qualification matches our course requirements please visit our international qualifications page.

Foundation courses

If you need to do a foundation course to meet our course requirements please visit Nottingham Trent International College (NTIC). If you’re already studying in the UK at a school or college and would like to know if we can accept your qualification please visit our foundation courses page.

English language entry requirements

If English is not your first language you need to show us that your language skills are strong enough for intensive academic study. We usually ask for an IELTS test and we accept some alternative English language tests.

Help and support

If you have any questions about your qualifications or about making an application to the University please contact our International Team for advice.

How to apply

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

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

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

Getting in touch

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Please read our notes on the University's commitment to delivering the educational services advertised.

You can apply directly to the University for an undergraduate course if you’re not applying to any other UK university in the same year. If you are applying to more than one UK university you must apply through UCAS.

Apply as early as you can so that you have time to prepare for your studies. If you need a visa to study here you need to plan this into your application.

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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.

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.

Please read our notes on the University's commitment to delivering the educational services advertised.

Further information on how to apply

Need help with your application?
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Telephone: +44 (0)115 848 4200

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

What do the course fees cover?

All mandatory costs for the course are covered in the course fee. In addition, most study modules will recommend one or more core textbooks, which most students choose to purchase. Book costs vary between courses and further information is available in the University’s bookshop. A good supply of these essential textbooks are available in the University libraries which students can easily borrow or access directly whilst studying in the library.

Students may choose to apply for a placement option during their course. If successful, students will be expected to pay for accommodation, travel and living costs whilst on placement.

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

While we aim to keep any extra study costs to a minimum, please see our page on additional costs and optional extras to find out about any additional expenses you may incur on your course.

International fees and scholarships

For information on international and EU fees and advice on how to pay, please visit our international fees page.

We offer prestigious scholarships to new international students holding offers to study at the University. For details and an application form please visit our international scholarships information.

What do the course fees cover?

All mandatory costs for the course are covered in the course fee. In addition, most study modules will recommend one or more core textbooks, which most students choose to purchase. Book costs vary between courses and further information is available in the University’s bookshop. A good supply of these essential textbooks are available in the University libraries which students can easily borrow or access directly whilst studying in the library.

Students may choose to apply for a placement option during their course. If successful, students will be expected to pay for accommodation, travel and living costs whilst on placement.

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

While we aim to keep any extra study costs to a minimum, please see our page on additional costs and optional extras to find out about any additional expenses you may incur on your course.

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