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Foundation Degree Landscape and Garden Management (UCAS Code DK43)


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 Diploma. They can be topped up to an honours degree in Applied Horticulture with one further year of study. This course provides vocationally based study to train first line managers for the landscape and garden management industries where there is currently a shortage of suitably qualified staff. Graduates will be equipped to work in the landscape and maintenance sector including stately homes, RHS and National Trust Gardens, local authorites and many other careers in this wide and diverse industry. Validating Partner: Harper Adams University.


This Foundation Degree concentrates on the successful design, construction and maintenance of landscapes and gardens. It also covers plant knowledge and pest and disease management .All the modules provide a balance of practical and scientific knowledge. A  personal research project allows students to investigate an area of particular interest to their career development. 

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 Applied Horticulture.