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

FdSc Horticulture

For 2017 start

Duchy College Eden Project LEVEL: 5 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 offered at either the world renowned Eden Project in Cornwall or at our beautiful Bicton campus in Devon and has been designed specifically to allow you to explore many aspects of horticulture including science, plant nutrition and garden and landscape design. 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 student experience are greatly enhanced through the collaboration between Duchy 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 and develop 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 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.
Possible careers available with this qualification:
– Commercial Crop Producer
– Researcher
– Estate Garden Worker
– Garden and Landscape Design Technician
– Landscaper
– Propagator
– Horticultural Retailer
– Glasshouse Technician
– Municipal Parks and Gardens Worker
– Nursery Stock Producer
– Community Project Worker

The application process for full-time and part-time degree level courses with The Cornwall College Group starting in September 2017 is still open and we are taking applications.  Full-time applicants should apply via UCAS and part-time applicants directly via the College website.

Key Facts

  • UCAS Code: D403
  • Institution codes: DUCHY D55
  • Awarded by: Duchy College & Plymouth University
  • Course Fee (per annum): £7500
Entry Requirements

48 UCAS points from AS and A-Levels (at least 32 points must be at A2-level) or relevant level 3 qualification, ie BTEC National Diploma / BTEC Extended Diploma - PPP 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.

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Course Documents

FdSc Horticulture Eden Handbook


Indicative Modules Year 1

- Research Skills

- Introduction to Soil Science & Plant Nutrition

- Introduction to Botany

- Plant Use in the Landscape

- Horticulture in Practice 1 (including work placement)


- Garden & Landscape Design 1: Foundation - Space, Place & User

- Classification & Taxonomy

Indicative Modules Year 2

Year 2

- Research Project

- Plant Growth & Development

- Plant Ecology

- Horticulture in Practice 2 (including work placement)


- Garden & Landscape Design 2: Planning & People

- Garden Landscape Histories: Theories & Contexts

- Plant Pathology

- Ethnobotany

*Modules are subject to change and availability


FdSc Horticulture

Start Date



Eden Project


2 years full-time

Extra Information

Annual tuition fee is £7500

FdSc Horticulture

Start Date



Eden Project


4 years part-time

Extra Information

Annual tuition fee is £3750

*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.

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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