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Foundation Degree Horticulture (UCAS Code D416)


This Foundation Degree is for those who are currently studying or have already completed Level 3 qualifications such as A Levels or a National/Extended Diplomas. It can be topped up to an Honours Degree in Applied Horticulture with one further year of study. It is designed to equip the learner with practical skills and knowledge relating to commercial plant production and production technology. This is a highly skilled area and the industry has identified the need for well qualified graduates. Validating Partner: Harper Adams University.


This course provides vocationally based study to train first line managers for the horticultural industry. The Foundation Degree course focusses on the classification, identification and propagation of plants, plant production and plant protection and the position and provision of horticulture in Europe and the rest of the world. It also covers the research and development of horticultural  and food crops and the marketing of plants for retail  or use in the landscape. Every Foundation Degree student has access to  an area of the greenhouse and outdoor growing space.

Entry Requirements

GCSE Grades

Applicants will normally have 5 GCSE’s or above including English, maths and science at Grade C or above. Achievements at level 2 in appropriate Functional Skills will also be considered as an alternative for English and maths and Merit grades or above in Science based modules at Level 3 can be used as an alternative to GCSE Science.

UCAS Points

Applicants are expected to achieve a minimum of 120 UCAS points (NPTC pass, = 120 points; merit = 240 points). Applicants will normally have studied a two-year level 3 programme at A Level or a vocational Level 3 Diploma.  In addition applicants will be expected to show achievements in science modules at Merit grade or above in vocational programmes. This reflects the science based nature of the programmes. Applicants without appropriate achievements in Science may be asked to undertake an assessment of scientific knowledge. Applications from those that have significant life or work experience after leaving compulsory education will normally have studied and achieved an Access to HE course or successfully completed a minimum of a one year level 3 courses and/or  be able to demonstrate that they are working at an appropriate level in English, maths and science through an assessment process.

Further Study

The one year top up route to the BSc/BSc (Hons) Degree in Applied Horticulture.