Foundation prospectus

Horticulture (Commercial), Foundation Degree (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.

Why study this at Greenwich?

  • 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

UCAS points

64 (view full requirements)

Course/institution codes

DK17 H FdSc/H

Partner College

University Centre Hadlow


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

This course is aimed at students who wish to gain a degree qualification in horticulture. It gives you the opportunity to specialise in either nursery production, fruit production, medicinal plant production or retail.

Following the production route will allow you to develop skills in propagation, growing on, harvest and post harvest care for a range of crops from ornamentals for the garden centre trade through to cut flowers, medicinal crops and fruit. Other aspects include machinery, soil science and common pests and diseases.

What you will study


Course information is currently unavailable for this programme. Please contact for more information.

Entry requirements

  • 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 (9-4) in English language/literature, mathematics and science
  • Life experience is taken into account when considering applications.

Fees and finance

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.

Fees information International fees

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

Additional information


Assessments are made up of coursework (assignments, written reports, case studies and presentations) as well as final examinations.


Successful students can progress onto the BSc Hons Horticulture - Commercial course.

Alternatively, career prospects are excellent at technical sales and managerial levels. This course is recognised by the Institute of Horticulture as leading towards membership.

Specialised equipment

Students studying horticultural degrees can take advantage of our commercial horticulture unit at Court Lane, located just half a mile from the main campus. This year will see a brand new £1.5m state-of-the-art glasshouse installed by CambridgeHOK, who constructed the 90-hectare complex at Thanet Earth, the new 1,024m2 Venlo structure is unique, being both fully commercial and adapted for degree-level research. Split into three separate compartments: a tomato centre, a pepper centre and a research centre used for dissertations and other student projects, such as LED light trials and propagation facilities, the glasshouse is managed by the latest Priva climate control technology. The propagation area is adapted for both seeds and cuttings and features a vertical growing system for micro salads and herbs, sustained by LED grow lights, with no reliance on natural light. The centre has been home to horticultural production trials for a number of household names, including Marks and Spencer, and commercially produces plants and bedding for a number of business contracts, as well as the College's own garden centre. The site is also home to the Discovery Glasshouse, in partnership with Thanet Earth, where tomato and pepper trials are managed by students with support from leading growers at Thanet Earth.

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.

Not quite what you were looking for?

We've got plenty of other courses for you to choose from. Browse our foundation prospectus or check our related courses below.