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How long you will study
2 years

Domestic course fees
GBP 9250 per year

How you will study

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About Horticulture at Nottingham Trent University

Horticulture is the study of plants and landscapes. This degree focuses on understanding and interpreting the landscape, as well as exploring horticultural production. You will learn to recognise the range of readily available plants, how to manage them and manipulate their natural environment to improve performance and become proficient in using AutoCAD.

Why choose this course?

  • You will benefit from the modern glasshouse complex situated on campus, alongside historic gardens and the country estate.
  • 100% of students on studying FdSc Horticulture full-time were satisfied with their course (NSS 2017).
  • Guest speakers will also hold workshops and activities to showcase the career opportunities available to you. Our latest guest, James Wong, is an ethnobotanist, television presenter and garden designer.
  • You will have the opportunity to become proficient in surveying a site for development, and plotting data both by hand and using AutoCAD (Computer Aided Design).
  • You'll have access to our 1,000 square metre, £2.5 million campus eco-library.
  • This course can provide progression onto the one year BSc (Hons) Horticulture (final year top-up) degree.
  • Brackenhurst campus is home to an entrepreneurial cut-flower business called the Flower Pod, run by the Southwell Care Project and supported by student and staff volunteers.

How you're taught

You will be taught through a variety of methods including group seminars, lectures and practical sessions.

Assessment methods

  • Year 1 coursework (67%), written (33%) and practical (0%).
  • Year 2 coursework (83%), written (17%) and practical (0%).

Contact hours

A full-time student on average can expect to spend 1200 hours a year learning which will typically be broken down as follows:

  • Year 1 lectures/seminars/workshops (28%), independent study (72%) and placements (0%).
  • Year 2 lectures/seminars/workshops (27%), independent study (62%) and placements (11%).

A placement year may be taken between year 1 and year 2 of study.

Careers and employability

Your career development

Graduates of this course go on to a wide range of careers including:

  • technologist
  • landscape management
  • garden design
  • self-employed roles
  • horticultural therapist
  • historic landscape management
  • green space adviser
  • agronomist.

Excellent placement opportunities

The course includes an optional sandwich year placement between Year One and Year Two, or during Year Two. You can develop their skills and experience in a working environment which is highly valued by future employers.

Recent students have taken paid placements in

  • garden centres and nurseries
  • landscape contractors
  • organisations such as the National Trust.


Nottingham Trent University's Brackenhurst Campus has been delivering high standards of horticultural education since 1955 and offers a friendly study environment with excellent specialist facilities set in 200 hectares of parkland.

New facilities include teaching, laboratory, design and CAD studios, state-of-the-art glasshouses, covered practical areas, and a historic walled garden.

Other facilities include:

  • teaching, laboratory, design and Computer Aided Design studios
  • ultra-modern glasshouses, covered practical areas
  • a historic and enclosed garden.

Brackenhurst Campus has recently featured in national and international press coverage and horticulture-related TV productions.


Our 1,000 square metre, £2.5 million pound campus library opened in 2013. The library building uses energy-efficient and low-carbon initiatives such as photovoltaic panels, LED lighting, intelligent lighting control, heat-reclaim ventilation during winter, renewable cladding materials, locally sourced materials and water-leak detection systems.

Green Flag status

Brackenhurst Campus has been awarded Green Flag status, a national award recognising green spaces throughout the country. We received the award along with other notable green spaces such as Kensington Gardens, Regent's Park and St James's Park.

Study options for this course

Notes about fees for this course

The tuition fee for UK home students joining NTU in 2018/19 on a full-time undergraduate/foundation degree programme, will be £9,250.

The fee for those who have a year-long placement as part of a sandwich course, or spend a year studying or working abroad will be published here once confirmed.

The University reviews its tuition fees each year. The fees for Home (UK / EU) undergraduate students for 2018-19 are £9250. As a guide and to enable you to plan your finances the current expectation is that the University’s current fee of £9250 per annum may increase for subsequent years of study in line with inflation and as specified by the Government.

Entry requirements

We accept qualifications from schools, colleges and universities all over the world for entry onto our undergraduate and postgraduate degrees. If you're not sure how your international qualification matches our course requirements please visit our international qualifications page.

Foundation courses

If you need to do a foundation course to meet our course requirements please visit Nottingham Trent International College (NTIC). If you're already studying in the UK at a school or college and would like to know if we can accept your qualification please visit our foundation courses page.

English language entry requirements

If English is not your first language you need to show us that your language skills are strong enough for intensive academic study. We usually ask for an IELTS test and we accept some alternative English language tests.

Help and support

If you have any questions about your qualifications or about making an application to the University please contact our International Team for advice.

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