Nottingham Trent University Horticulture

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Nottingham Trent University Horticulture

BSc (Hons)

Horticulture (Final Year Top-Up)

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 events such as Careers Week, 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.



Horticulture is the study of plants and landscapes. This degree focuses on understanding and interpreting the landscape, as well as exploring horticultural production. You will learn to recognise the range of readily available plants, how to manage them and manipulate their natural environment to improve performance and become proficient in using AutoCAD.

Why choose this course?

  • You will benefit from the modern glasshouse complex situated on campus, alongside historic gardens and the country estate.
  • Guest speakers will also hold workshops and activities to showcase the career opportunities available to you. Our latest guest, James Wong, is an ethnobotanist, television presenter and garden designer.
  • 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).
  • Our brand new 1,000 square metre, £2.5 million campus eco-library opened in Autumn 2013.
  • This course can provide progression onto the one year BSc (Hons) Horticulture (final year top-up) degree.
  • 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.

Nottingham Trent University Horticulture



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  • Level(s) of study: Further education
  • Study mode(s): Full-time
  • Location: Brackenhurst Campus
  • Starting: September
  • Course duration: One year full-time

What’s the course all about?

Horticulture is the study of plants and landscapes. This course will help you unlock the wide range of career opportunities available in the horticultural sector. It will provide you with the practical and theoretical training needed for the vast areas of landscaping, horticulture and floristry through exciting, engaging and challenging projects. It also offers opportunities to specialise in Amenity (Decorative) Horticulture, Arboriculture (Tree Management), Sports Turf, Fresh Produce Production or Garden Design and Landscaping.

Key course facts

  • You’ll develop the practical and technical skills that employers are looking for.
  • You’ll gain a Level 3 qualification that will enable you to progress to our higher education and foundation degree courses in horticulture and garden design.
  • You’ll gain valuable work experience opening up a range of career options in a variety of industry settings.
  • You’ll have the opportunity to get involved with current horticultural research and exciting design projects.
  • You’ll get the chance to be part of our award-winning horticulture team and visit national shows and competitions.
  • You’ll be able to use our outstanding facilities including our Glasshouse Complex.

Find out more about our Glasshouse Complex.

Further information on how to apply

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