Horticulture (Practical): Steps to Work SCQF Level 4

What is special about this course?

The horticulture industry plays an increasingly important part in the rural economy in Scotland and Moray. 

With an increase in demand for skilled workers and expected growth in employment opportunities, there’s never been a better time to find employment in this rewarding industry.

This introductory course is ideal if you are starting out in horticulture, as it will introduce subjects such as plant establishment, garden maintenance and plant propagation.

This is a very practical hands on course designed to support flexible and individualised learning. 

The course incorporates an SVQ in Horticulture SCQF Level 4 (formerly SVQ Level 1).

Special features:

  • You will gain practical industry skills
  • You will study at our training facility at the Biblical Garden in Elgin overlooking the iconic Cathedral
  • The opportunity to study your course at the Garden means that you can be part of creating and maintaining this outstanding community and tourism asset
  • Small student numbers mean there is a close working relationship between you and the staff

Entry requirements

Working towards two National 4s including English


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

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

Course content includes:

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


Basic equipment requirements are:

  • Safety Boots
  • Secateurs and Gardening Gloves.

However some students may be eligible for funding to purchase this equipment and we recommend students wait for the start of term before purchasing items.

How will I study my course?

  • Full Time
  • Part Time

Face-to-face teaching.

How long will my course last?

1 Year

Full time: 1 year (3 days per week)

Part time: 2 years or more

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?

On successful completion of this course you can progress to further study which may include Horticulture (Practical) College Certificate (SCQF Level 5) or a similar course.

Due to the nature of this course you will be in a highly competitive position to secure practical employment in a range of settings including local authority parks, garden centres and private gardens.

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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.