Horticulture - Practical: Steps to Work (SCQF Level 4) College Certificate

What is special about this course?

This Practical Horticulture award is designed to support flexible and individualised learning and to recognise wider achievement through choice and opportunity. This is a hands-on introductory course, designed for people starting out in horticulture, that introduces subjects such as plant establishment, garden maintenance and plant propagation.

The course incorporates a SVQ in Horticulture SCQF Level 4, formerly SVQ Level 1.


Entry requirements

Working towards 2 National 4s including English


equivalent e.g. may include relevant attainment at National 3.

  • Plant and Garden Maintenance
  • Developing Skills with Tools and Machinery
  • Plant Propagation
  • Machinery and Lawn Care
  • Greenhouse Growing
  • Soils and Composts
  • Numeracy
  • Communication
  • IT

How will I study my course?

  • Full Time

The course contains a large amount of practical work that students are expected to gain competency in.

There is also an element of theoretical study that underpins the work we do.

We use a variety of methods to assess your progress and learning.  These range from short answer & multi choice questions, quizzes, observations and items of extended writing and research.

How long will my course last?

Full time - 1 year.

Where can I study my course?

    • Moray College UHI
    • Biblical Gardens

Start date



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 (Practical): College Certificate or similar course.

With the bulk of the course consisting of hands-on practical horticulture, it leads naturally to a career working in the horticulture industry, e.g. Garden Centres, Parks, Local Authority employment etc.

Is there more information available online?

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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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