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Horticulture, B.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
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The Horticulture programme of Writtle University College is suited to those who have limited experience of the horticultural industry and who wish to follow a broad approach before deciding on their future career. On completion of the course, students will have acquired a good range of practical horticultural and business skills to equip them for a career in a wide choice of fields.

Learning & Teaching Methods

The student learning experience is supported by a combination of lectures and guest speakers, seminars, laboratory practicals, field work, group work, visits and tutorials. Integration of theory with practical learning is a key element of provision, allowing for a strong vocational focus, active participation and student-centred learning. As students progress through their course, they are guided to use relevant information in an appropriate and effective manner with increasing focus given to independent learning. Students are expected to contribute to workshops and participate in class discussions, to work as part of a team as well as on individual tasks.

Personal development planning (PDP) is viewed as an important part of the Horticulture scheme, and central to reflective and life-long learning. This includes undertaking a personal skills audit and action plan as well developing employability skills.

Opportunities for learning exist outside of the formal teaching time. The James Hearsum Lecture Series is a series of six evening lectures where eminent speakers such as Chris Beardshaw, Beth Chatto, James Wong and Christine Walkden give a lecture at the College which is open to students, staff and local keen gardeners. Two Study Weeks are run each year and aim to enhance students' learning experience. These weeks are cross-curricula bringing together students from both undergraduate and postgraduate schemes in not only Horticulture, but also from other discipline areas such as design or conservation where the opportunity arises. This might be for a study visit, workshops, or joint seminars with the University of Essex.

Employment Details

It is an exciting time to be entering this wide ranging profession and there is a demand for trained horticulturists; research by LANTRA the Sector Skills Council indicates that over the next few years there will be 3000 vacancies at graduate level in the horticultural industries. Issues such as food security, climate change, relationship between access to green space and the health agenda, developments such as the Olympic Legacy Park means the need for trained landscapers and horticulturists will increase.

A high proportion of graduates in horticulture find full time positions in the industry within six months of graduating. Writtle students have gone on to further study such as post-graduate courses at Writtle and elsewhere or found positions as Local Authority Parks officers, education officers with the Royal Horticultural Society and local authorities, as technical officers in research establishments, as field trial officers, as journalists, undertaken internships with the Historic and Botanic Gardens Bursary Scheme, or as self-employed landscape gardeners.

The University College has good industrial links and encourages students to undertake an industrial summer placement during their course. Such work placements develops practical skills and knowledge along with other skills such as communication, teamwork and to develop confidence. Research undertaken at the University College shows that combining practical training with theoretical knowledge enhances employability opportunities after graduation.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
  • Credits
    360 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Developing Graduateness
  • Landscape Principles and Practice
  • Biological Processes
  • Climate, Soils and Land Use
  • Plant Propagation and Production

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

General Requirements

  • UCAS Tariff Points :96
  • GCE A Levels: 96 UCAS tariff points, to include one GCE A level grade C or above
  • Irish Certificate: 96 UCAS tariff points, to include 3 x B1 or H2 higher
  • Scottish Highers: 96 UCAS tariff points, to include 3 x B
  • International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma: Total (IB) Diploma point score of 24 or more
  • Proof of qualifications and grades
  • A personal statement or statement of purpose
  • An academic reference
  • Proof of your level of English Language
  • A letter from your sponsor guaranteeing your financial support
  • A copy of the photograph page from your passport.
  • Details of your immigration status: including a photocopy of your visa or Biometric Immigration Document if you are already in the UK

Tuition Fee

  • International

    12100 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 12100 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • EU/EEA

    9250 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 9250 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
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Living costs for Chelmsford

  • 660 - 1140 GBP/month
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