AVAILABLE THROUGH: Duchy College | LEARNING AREAS: Horticulture, Floristry & Arboriculture COURSES

BSc (Hons) Horticulture (Plant Science)

For 2020 start - Available with a Science Gateway qualification

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

Horticulture is a modern, professional vocation that influences our environment, how we eat, how we relax, our health, life expectancy and well-being. This programme is based at the world renowned Eden Project in Cornwall and has been designed specifically to allow you to explore many aspects of horticulture including applied science, crop production and sustainability. The programme will provide you with the skills and experience to prepare for an interesting, exciting and rewarding career which embraces tradition, technology and innovation.

Both the programme of study and the student experience are greatly enhanced through the collaboration between Cornwall College and the Eden Project. The range of resources including Eden’s own plant collections, growing environments, nursery and dedicated teaching facilities, coupled with the nationally renowned micro-propagation research facility, provide a world-class platform from which this exciting and stimulating programme will be delivered.

You will quickly become integrated within the Eden Project and, in addition to attending the carefully designed taught modules, will have the opportunity to apply, develop and reflect upon a wide range of practical skills by participating in activities in the tropical and Mediterranean biomes, the outdoor garden and nursery crop production facility. As well as benefiting from working alongside Eden’s skilled and specialist horticulturalists, you will also undertake a work placement within another commercial enterprise.

In the final year of your study you will undertake a piece of novel research, for which it is encouraged to make full use of the available facilities to explore industry-related issues, that will enhance your CV on successful completion of the course.

This unique combination of scientific study and practical opportunity set in an intellectually stimulating and friendly environment, will inspire you to develop a successful career in the future.

Possible Progression (subject to availability) 

– Research Masters (Biological Science) at Newquay or Duchy Stoke

– MSc/PhD at University of Plymouth and other academic institutions

Possible Careers

– Horticultural Consultant
– Commercial Crop Producer (Fruit and Vegetables)
– Nursery Stock Producer
– Specialist Propagator
– Commercial Glasshouse Manager
– Cut Flower Producer
– Horticultural Produce Retail Manager
– Estate Garden Manager
– Municipal Parks and Gardens Manager
– Horticultural Scientist/Researcher

Key Facts

  • UCAS Code: 3W21
  • 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. Access to HE Diplomas - 45 credits at level 3. Plus GCSEs at grade C/grade 4 or above in English Language 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 will be required where work experience is carried out with young people under 18 or vulnerable adults.

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Course Documents

BSc Horticulture (Plant Science) Handbook (2019-20)
BSc Horticulture (Plant Science) Module Appendix Handbook (2019-20)


Indicative Module Year 1

  • Personal & Employability Skills Development
  • Soil Science & Plant Nutrition
  • Introduction to Botany
  • Plant Use in the Landscape
  • Applied Horticultural Practices (including work placement)
  • Classification & Taxonomy

Indicative Module Year 2

  • Ethnobotany
  • Plant Growth & Development
  • Plant Ecology
  • Plant Production & Propagation (including work placement)
  • Plant Pathology
  • Research Methods

Indicative Module Year 3

  • Honours Project
  • The Contemporary Horticultural Environment
  • Sustainable Horticultural Enterprises
  • Plant Conservation & Collections
  • Advanced Ethnobotany

*Modules are subject to change and availability



BSc (Hons) Horticulture (Plant Science)

Start Date



Eden Project


3 years full-time

BSc (Hons) Horticulture (Plant Science)

Start Date



Eden Project


6 years part-time

BSc (Hons) Horticulture (Plant Science) - with Science Gateway

Start Date



Eden Project


4 years full-time

Extra Information

This option includes an additional Science Gateway year which is ideal if you don’t have the right qualifications to apply for a degree programme straight away. If you are applying for the BSc (Hons) Horticulture (Plant Science) - with Science Gateway route on UCAS you will need to use UCAS code: C335H. Please note that when studying the Science Gateway programme, you will be based at Cornwall College Newquay.

*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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