Horticulture - Practical (SCQF Level 5) College Certificate

What is special about this course?

This course is designed for those who have some knowledge of horticultural practices and will enable students to develop practical skills and extend theoretical knowledge. It will enable students to attain some of the more advanced practical skills and understanding required for employment in the horticultural industry.

The course incorporates a SVQ in Horticulture SCQF Level 5, formerly SVQ Level 2.

Entry requirements

3 National 4s, one of which must be English

or satisfactory attainment of any SCQF level 4 course

or equivalent.

Applications are encouraged from mature students who do not possess formal qualifications but have the skills to meet the academic demands of the course.

The course includes:

  • Plant Propagation and Nursery Skills
  • Plant Classification and Plantsmanship
  • Garden and Plant Maintenance
  • Soils and Composts
  • Turf-Care
  • Fruit and Vegetable Growing
  • Pests and Diseases
  • Machinery Maintenance

How will I study my course?

  • Full Time
  • Part Time

How long will my course last?

Full time: 1 year

Part time: 2 years or more studying at the Biblical Gardens

Part time: 1 year option to study SVQ Production Horticulture (SCQF Level 5) if already employed in a horticulture environment


Where can I study my course?

    • Moray College UHI

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The good news is that depending on your personal circumstances there are a wide range of bursaries, grants and allowances available to fund your college studies.

What can I do on completion of my course?

Further study may include the Horticulture (Landscaping): College Certificate (SQCF Level 6) or RHS Level 2 Certificate in Practical Horticulture.


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We are delighted that you are thinking about studying at Moray College UHI. Moray College operates a fair and open admissions system committed to equality of opportunity and non-discrimination. We consider all applications on merit and on the basis of ability to achieve, without discrimination on grounds of age, disability, gender identity, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity status, race, religion and/or belief, sex, sexual orientation or socio-economic background. We welcome applications from all prospective students and aim to provide appropriate and efficient services to students with disabilities.

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