Horticulture (Practical): College Certificate SCQF Level 5

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 course covers all aspects of the industry from commercial growing to vegetable gardening and is ideal if you have some knowledge of horticultural practices as it will provide you with the opportunity to develop advanced practical skills and extend your understanding and theoretical knowledge.

The course incorporates an SVQ 2 in Horticulture (SCQF Level 5), which is an industry standard qualification.

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
  • You are 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

  • Three National 4s (including English) OR
  • A SCQF level 4 course.
  • Applications are encouraged from prospective students without the standard entry requirements as listed above.

Course content includes:

  • Plant Propagation and Nursery Skills
  • Garden and Plant Maintenance
  • Soils and Composts
  • Turf-Care
  • Botanical Plant Identification
  • Pests and Diseases
  • Machinery Maintenance

You will have the opportunity for placements throughout the year as part of your course.


You will be required to purchase essential equipment as part of this course:

  • Steel toe capped safety boots and gloves (Approx. £40)
  • Suitable clothing for outdoor work (Approx. £30)
  • A list of recommended texts and other useful, but not essential items will be provided in the course handbook.

If you are eligible for a bursary these costs will be covered.


How will I study my course?

  • Full Time
  • Part Time

This is a practical based course delivered face-to-face at our Biblical Garden Campus with support from your lecturers.

Guest speakers and industry visits may be used to enhance your learning experience.

How long will my course last?

Full time: 1 year  

Part time: 2 years


Where can I study my course?

    • UHI Moray
    • Biblical Gardens

Start date



Normally, if you are studying full time for the first time and are Ordinarily Resident in Scotland your course fees will be covered through the information you provide on your course application.

If you are studying part time and are on low income or in receipt of certain benefits your course fees may be covered by a fee waiver.

If you are not Ordinarily Resident in Scotland, you may need to pay course fees.

Please refer to our Fees and Funding section for more information.

Course fees 2023/24*


Rest of UK


Further Education - Full time




Further Education - Part time (per single credit unit)




Further Education - Part time (structured 6 credits)




* Fees for 2024/25 are still to be confirmed.


Our Student Finance Advisers can advise you on all aspects of student funding. The support available depends upon your personal circumstances.

Please refer to our Fees and Funding section for more information.

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 (Landscaping): College Certificate (SCQF Level 6)
  • RHS Level 2 Certificate in Practical Horticulture 
  • HNC (Next Gen) Horticulture

Alternatively, you can progress into employment in a number of areas including garden centres, private gardens and organisations such as the National Trust for Scotland. 


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We are delighted that you are thinking about studying at UHI Moray. UHI Moray 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.