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BSc (Hons) Horticulture (Garden & Landscape Design)

For 2020 start

Duchy College Eden Project LEVEL: 6 Horticulture, Floristry & Arboriculture

Based at Cornwall’s Eden Project, the BSc (Hons) Horticulture Garden & Landscape Design has been specifically developed to provide industry competent horticulturalists, who have significant design capabilities and a detailed understanding of horticulture science. On this unique programme you will develop skills valuable to numerous sectors of the horticultural industry both in the UK and abroad.
Eden’s diverse and specialist plant collections, nurseries and growing facilities, dedicated laboratory and design studio, coupled with Duchy College’s nationally renowned micro propagation research facility, provide a world class study platform.

A diverse team of subject specialists supports you in your studies. This includes plant pathologists, botanists, ecologists, garden designers, artists, landscape architects and horticulturalists, many of whom partner private practice with their teaching commitments.

Students under the tutelage of members of the current teaching team have won numerous awards including the Prince of Wales Trophy for Sustainable Horticulture last year, the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Young Designer of the Year three times in the last five years and the Society of Garden Designers (SGD) Student Designer of the Year Award three
times in the past six years, the latest in 2015.

You will also embrace sustainable business practice and develop skills in planting design and design communication, using both traditional and digital media (no prior experience required).

In the core garden and landscape design modules, innovative and imaginative design practice is encouraged from day one. Through real or ‘live’ projects you will learn how to create stimulating and thought-provoking spaces in a variety of locations – from private gardens to public landscapes. Clients who students have worked with recently include Truro Cathedral, The Pengersick Castle Trust, The Eden Project, The Leonard Cheshire Disability Trust and the Potager Garden.

Possible Progression (subject to availability) 

– MA in Garden & Landscape Design at various
other institutions

Possible Careers

– Garden Designer

– Landscape Designer

– Landscaper

– Planning Adviser

– Municipal Parks and Gardens Manager

– Estate Garden Manager

– Nursery Stock Producer

– Specialist Propagator

– Garden Historian

Key Facts

  • UCAS Code: 4RL6 OR GLD6 (Level 6)
  • Institution codes: CORN C78
  • Awarded by: University of Plymouth
  • Fees: Fees Explained
Entry Requirements

80 UCAS points from AS and A-Levels (at least 56 points must be at A2-level) or relevant level 3 qualification, ie BTEC National Diploma / BTEC Extended Diploma - MMP Grades required (specific unit grades may be requested). Access to HE Diplomas in a relevant subject - 45 credits at level 3 (specific unit grades may be requested). Plus GCSEs at grade C/grade 4 or above in English Language, Science and Mathematics: alternatives at Level 2 may be considered. Mature applicants with relevant experience but without the stated qualifications will be considered individually and are encouraged to apply.

A DBS check is required where work experience is carried out with young people under 18 or vulnerable adults.

Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) Silver Award

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Course Documents

BSc Horticulture (Garden Landscape Design) Handbook (2019-20)
BSc Horticulture (Garden Landscape Design) Module Appendix Handbook (2019-20)


Indicative Module Year 1

  • Garden & Landscape Design 1: Foundations - Space, Place & User
  • Communications/Professional Landscape & Garden Design
  • Introduction to Botany
  • Plant Use in the Landscape
  • Soil Science & Plant Nutrition
  • Personal & Employability Skills Development

Indicative Module Year 2

  • Research Methods
  • Plant Growth & Development
  • Plant Production & Propagation
  • Plant Ecology
  • Garden & Landscape Design 2: Planning & People
  • Garden Landscape Histories; Theories & Contexts

Indicative Module Year 3

  • Honours Project
  • The Contemporary Horticultural Environment
  • Sustainable Horticultural Enterprises
  • Advanced Plant Use & Implementation
  • Professional Landscape & Garden Design Practice

*Modules are subject to change and availability



BSc (Hons) Horticulture (Garden & Landscape Design)

Start Date



Eden Project


3 years full-time

BSc (Hons) Horticulture (Garden & Landscape Design)

Start Date



Eden Project


6 years part-time

BSc (Hons) Horticulture (Garden & Landscape Design) Level 6 only

Start Date



Eden Project


1 year


Richard Riddle Garden Designer

My time spent on my degree was fantastic! I found both Duchy College Rosewarne & the Eden Project inspirational places to be.

I entered my final college project into the Society of Garden Design Awards and was delighted to win the Best Student award. The course helped me with a good start to a new career. I now run my own design practice.

Richard Riddle, Garden Designer

*Courses listed on this website are indicative of the subject, nature and level of study. The college reserves the right to alter specific qualifications titles, awarding bodies and levels of qualification, which can change in year. Any cost may also vary, based on personal funding eligibility. The Cornwall College Group reserves the right to withdraw any course listed at any time.

Careers advice available

If you are considering an undergraduate programme with us, you may wish to access our free Careers and Employability advice service. This gives you the opportunity to talk with an advisor about career options before, during and after your study with us. To make an appointment, please e-mail: H.E.Advice@cornwall.ac.uk

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