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What makes Horticulture at Worcester special?

Horticulture presents attractive career opportunities in disciplines ranging from food production to landscape design and from pest biology to garden history.

Through this diverse and practical programme, you will be introduced to the scientific, technological and managerial principles upon which modern horticulture is founded. As your expertise develops, you will be able to shape your study to support your career aspirations, with specialisms in Amenity Horticulture and Landscape Design, Horticultural Crop Production, and Organic and Sustainable Horticulture.

Students on this programme are based at Pershore College.

Key features

  • Excellent facilities at Pershore College’s 60-hectare site, which is the regional centre for the Royal Horticultural Society, and national headquarters of the Alpine Garden Society
  • The programme is suitable for those new to the discipline, as well as experienced horticulturalists seeking to enhance expertise
  • Range of exciting future careers that have taken previous graduates as far afield as Ascension Island in the South Atlantic

Entry requirements

What qualifications will you need?


UCAS tariff points

Entry requirements

64 UCAS tariff points

The University will consider each application on its individual merits and will recognise a range of qualifications not currently included in the Tariff, including Access courses, European Baccalaureate and pre-2002 qualifications such as GNVQ.

The points above are the new UCAS tariff, which will be used for courses starting from September 2017. See our new UCAS tariff page for more information.

Other information

If you have any questions about entry requirements, please contact the Admissions Office on 01905 855111 or email for advice.

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Course content

What will you study?

Here is an overview of current modules available on this course. Regular updates may mean that exact module titles may differ.

Year 1


  • Mechanisation and Finance
  • Plant Use and Knowledge
  • Professional and Academic Development
  • Plant Propagation
  • Introduction to Garden Design
  • Hardy Nursery Stock and Nursery Management
  • Plant and Weed Biology
  • Soils and Plant Nutrition

Year 2


  • Applied Horticultural Science (Pests and Diseases)
  • Business Environment and Marketing 
  • Research and Statistics
  • Plant Growth, Development and Ecology


  • Crop Production Mechanisation
  • Sustainable Horticulture and Water Management
  • Advanced Garden Design and Graphics
  • Landscape Contract and Project Management
  • Historical and Contemporary Influences in Garden Design
  • Plant Use & Knowledge 2
  • Organic Crop Production
  • Outdoor Edible Crop Production
  • Protected Cropping         

Year 3


  • Independent Study
  • Integrative Assignments
  • Business and Personnel Management
  • Plant Strategies and Environmental Issues


  • Advanced Landscape Design, Graphics and Visualisation 
  • Landscape Planning
  • Crop Protection
  • Plant Breeding and Gene Technology
  • Post-harvest Management
  • The Organic Future
  • Habitat Creation and Management

I knew from an early age that I did not want a job where I was tied to a desk all day. The course provided me with a fantastic start to my career – I spent one year working at Tatton Park National Trust property, employed as a gardener.

Olivia Renshaw, Graduate

Teaching and Assessment

How will you be taught?

Students will be based at the 60-hectare (150 acre) site at Pershore College which provides students with unique opportunities for practical experience, experimentation and observation.

Pershore College is the West Midlands Regional centre for the Royal Horticultural Society, the national headquarters of the Alpine Garden Society and holds the National Philadelphus and Penstemon Collections for the National Council for Conservation of Plants and Gardens.

Wide variety of coursework, including assignments, laboratory reports, plant identification exercises, verbal presentations, practical projects, designs, case studies, end-tests and final year independent research project.

To find out more about the course, please visit the Pershore College website.


Where could it take you?


Amenity Horticulture & Landscape Design

This specialism opens up employment opportunities in garden management, garden design, contract management, education or self-employment.

Horticultural Crop Production

By following this pathway you will be prepared for a rewarding career in garden centre industry, production of edible crops and ornamental plants, education or starting your own business.

Organic & Sustainable Horticulture

This specialism equips you for a career in organic crop production or in a garden maintained using organic principles.


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How much will it cost?

Full-time tuition fees

UK and EU students

The standard annual fee for full-time UK and EU students enrolling in 2017 will be no more than £9,250, subject to approval by Parliament.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

International students

The standard annual fee for full-time international (non-EU) students enrolling in 2017 will be £11,700 per year.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

Part-time tuition fees

UK and EU students

The standard fees for part-time UK and EU students enrolling on this course in 2017 will be no more than £1,156 per 15-credit module, £1,542 per 20 credit module and £2,313 per 30-credit module, subject to approval by Parliament.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

Additional costs

Every course has day-to-day costs for basic books, stationery, printing and photocopying.  The amounts vary between courses.

Visit our Money Advice pages for information on how much you should budget for your course.


Finding the right accommodation is paramount to your university experience, and our welcoming student communities are great places to live and study.

We have over 1,000 rooms across our halls, 358 of which were new in 2009. We offer halls of residence to suit every budget and need, from our 'Traditional Hall' at £91 per week to the £149 per week 'En-suite Extra'.

For full details visit our accommodation page.


How do you apply?

Applying through UCAS

Horticulture BSc (Single Honours) D410 P BSc/Hort

UCAS is the central organisation through which applications are processed for entry onto full-time undergraduate courses in Higher Education in the UK.

Read our How to apply pages for more information on applying and to find out what happens to your application.

This course is run in partnership with Pershore College (P).



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Get in touch

If you have any questions, please get in touch. We're here to help you every step of the way.

Admissions office

01905 855111  

Pershore College

Carol Stayte
01386 551190