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Horticulture (Commercial), FdSc (Hadlow)

The commercial horticulture foundation degree is both hands-on and theoretical, laying the groundwork for careers in plant science, sustainability, landscaping, and food crop or biofuel production.

Recognised by the Institute of Horticulture, this course enables you to specialise in an area of your choice: nursery production, fruit production, medicinal plant production or retail. With a mix of theory and practice, you'll develop skills in propagation, harvest and post-harvest care for a range of crops, from ornamentals to medicinal crops and fruit.

This course is hands-on, so you'll visit a range of sites, gardens and parks, building up your own network of contacts. You can also progress to our BSc Hons degree in commercial horticulture.

The course is offered by one of the university's partner colleges: Hadlow College in Kent.

UCAS points

64 (view full requirements)

Course/institution codes

DK17 H FdSc/H

Partner college

University Centre Hadlow

Duration

  • 2 years full-time
  • 3 years part-time

Start month

September

UK/international fees

2019/2020 fees

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2020/2021 fees

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2020/2021 fees

What you should know about this course

  • Specialise in either nursery production, fruit production, medicinal plant production or retail
  • Benefit from a wide range of links with commercial nurseries, research institutes, organic producers, public and privately owned gardens as well as exposure to the retail world through our onsite garden centre

What you will study

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Entry requirements

If you are

64 UCAS points made up from A levels, preferably one in Science based subject, or a relevant Level 3 vocational qualification. All applicants should also have a GCSE grade C or above in English, maths and science.

Life experiences are taken into account when considering applications.

For more information, contact courseinfo@greenwich.ac.uk or 020 8331 9000.

You can also read our admissions policy.

The University of Greenwich accepts a broad range of international qualifications for admission to our courses.

For detailed information on the academic and English language requirements, please find your country in our directory.

Alternatively, please contact us:

Available to overseas students?

Yes

Can I use prior learning?

Find out more on our Recognition of Prior Learning pages.

How you will learn

Teaching

In a typical week learning takes place through a combination of:

  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • 1-to-1 tutorials

Further details to be confirmed.

Seminars enable you to discuss and develop your understanding of topics covered in lectures in smaller groups. You will also be able to meet your personal tutor. Contact hours may fall between 9am and 9pm, depending on your elective courses and tutorials.

Class sizes

Information coming soon.

Overall workload

If you are studying full-time, you should expect the workload to be similar to a full-time job. For part-time students, this will reduce in proportion with the number of courses you are studying.

Each module you study towards this degree is worth 15 or 30 credits. These represent around 150 or 300 study hours respectively. If you receive 100 contact hours for a 30-credit module, you should expect to commit 200 hours to independent study to complete it successfully.

Assessment

On this course, students are assessed by:

  • Examinations
  • Coursework

Further details to be confirmed.

Each course has formal assessments which count towards your grade. Some courses may also include ‘practice’ assessments, which help you monitor progress and do not count towards your final grade.

Feedback summary

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Dates and timetables

The academic year runs from September to June.

Full teaching timetables are not usually available until term has started. For any queries, please call 020 8331 9000.

Fees and funding

Your time at university should be enjoyable, rewarding, and free of unnecessary stress. Planning your finances before you come to university can help to reduce financial concerns. We can offer advice on living costs and budgeting, as well as on awards, allowances and loans.

2019/2020 fees

Full-time (per year) Part-time (per 30 credits)
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2020/2021 fees

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* For full fees information please visit our fees information pages.

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Funding your study

There is a range of financial support options available to support your studies, including the Aspire@Greenwich award for study resources that many full-time students will receive.

Discover more about grants, student loans, bursaries and scholarships. We also provide advice and support on budgeting, money management and financial hardship.

Financial support

Other costs

Some courses have additional costs associated with them, such as trips, clothing and materials. Students may also need to purchase some specialist equipment.

For this course, you will need the following:

  • Steel toe capped boots (c. £30)
  • Secateurs (from £20. We recommend Felco at £50-60.)
  • Propagation knife (not essential. £10-15.)

Full details of costs are provided at interview or can be obtained by contacting the College Information and Recruitment Services. More information.

Careers and placements

Do you provide employability services?

Information coming soon.

Support and advice

Academic skills and study support

We want you to make the most of your time with us. You can access study skills support through your tutor, our subject librarians, and our online academic skills centre.

Where appropriate, we provide support in academic English and mathematics. If you need to use particular IT packages for a specific module, we provide training for this.

You can also participate in the Erasmus+ student exchange course to spend a year abroad. Benefit from international experience and develop proficiency in a European language.

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