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JOIN THE GROWING INDUSTRY These courses are designed for anyone with a passion for botanical science, design, landscaping and growing flowers and plants.

For the green-fingered out there, studying at Askham Bryan College is the perfect start to a career in horticulture. The College provides the opportunity to study a broad range of specialisms, including practical and theory-based work as well as ‘on the job’ training. Our students learn about the tools of the trade – both powered and non-powered tools and equipment, in addition to plant identification, pest and disease control, landscape maintenance and construction.

We also offer courses in landscaping and grounds management for sports turf – the perfect course if you’re looking to get into sports surface management, leading to a career that has the potential to take you all over the world working on some of the world’s greatest sporting arenas.

Our Higher Education level courses have a strong focus on science and management within horticulture, soil science and plant science are fundamental to good horticultural practice and can lead to management and supervisory positions within the industry. Vocational placements are an essential part of our learning provision and give practical, hands-on experience within the industry.



The College campus is fully planted with beautiful flower displays, plants and landscape features. There are fantastic facilities available to our horticulture students with a broad range of areas used for teaching including complex glass houses, arboretums, display houses, numerous sports surfaces, fully equipped design studios and science labs. The College has access to some of the most prestigious gardens in the UK and there are opportunities for students to be involved with competition show gardens. We are one of the first colleges to have a golf course, featuring an innovative solar powered irrigation system. Our Landscape Construction Centre is managed by the Euro Skills Judge for Landscape Design who has over the past nine years won many prestigious RHS medals and successfully led a team to win silver in the World UK Skills competition.


By studying in this department you will learn the relevant skills to work in the following roles:

  • Working for nurseries or commercial growers
  • Garden Centre Technician
  • Hard or Soft Landscaper
  • Project Designer of commercial/public open spaces
  • Self-employed providing specialist horticultural services
  • Head Greenkeeper or Groundsperson  for golf courses, rugby, football, cricket and race courses
  • Research and Development roles in plant and soil science
  • Management positions in organisations such as local authorities and private companies, botanical gardens, National Trust, English Heritage and the Royal Horticultural Society



Askham Bryan College is very proud of its strong links with many of the UK’s top gardens and some of the most prestigious gardening organisations in the world. Our students have boasted successful wins at the Earls Court Ideal Homes Exhibition, at RHS Harrogate and at the Harrogate Flower Shows. Key suppliers which the College has excellent working relationships with include Marshall’s Landscape Products, Makita Power Tools, Fiskars Tools, Johnsons of Whixley, the Royal Horticultural Society and the Institute of Horticulture.

As an essential part of their studies our students attend various work placements with numerous organisations throughout the region, giving valuable practical experience and a chance to apply knowledge gained on their courses. Organisations which have taken our students on placement include York Council, Leeds City Council, Scarborough Council, North Lincolnshire Council, RHS Gardens, National Trust, Harewood House, Castle Howard, University of York, Leeds University, York Museums Trust and York Minster.

Askham Bryan College,
Askham Bryan,
YO23 3FR
01904 772277