Horticulture (Landscaping): College Certificate SCQF Level 6

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 is academically focused at advanced level and is suitable for you if you have the motivation and experience to further extend your skills such as project development, resource management and garden design.

This course will provide you with the personal and professional skills required to be able to design, plan and manage within the horticultural industry and is highly suited if you are looking to set up business in the horticulture industry.

The course incorporates an SVQ in Landscaping (SCQF Level 6), formerly SVQ Level 3.

Special features:

  • You will gain practical industry skills
  • You can take part in work experience
  • 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 Biblical 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

Four National 5s (two at A or B and two at A-D)


satisfactory attainment of a prerequisite SCQF Level 5 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.

Course content includes:

  • Plant Propagation
  • Plant Identification
  • Garden Maintenance
  • Garden Design
  • Landscape Construction
  • Work Experience

During the course you will do a one-week work placement to gain valuable industry related practical experience. We visit a range of horticultural organisations including a National Trust for Scotland Garden.  


Depending on your personal circumstances a sum of money is included in your first bursary payment to buy essential course books and course equipment. If you do not have a bursary, you will be responsible for purchasing essential books and equipment.

How will I study my course?

Additional information for course delivery in 2021-22

From August/September 2021, it is our intention that physical campuses will be open to all students for access to study facilities, support services and social activities, subject to Scottish Government guidance. Our priority is to provide a safe learning environment for all students and staff. We will continue to review government guidance as restrictions shift and will inform you of any further changes to the information provided below about your course.
  • Full Time
  • Part Time
  • Face-to-face teaching
  • Practical skills training
  • Online learning
  • Student research
  • Group work
  • Guest speakers
  • Report writing and project work

How long will my course last?

1 Year

Full time: 1 year (3 days per week) 

Part time: 2 years or more

Part time: 1 year option to study SVQ element of this course.

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?

On successful completion of this course you can progress to further study which may include:

  • HNC Horticulture
  • Horticulture degree programme
  • RHS Level 2 or 3 Certificate in Practical Horticulture

Alternatively, you can enter into employment in a supervisory position within organisations including National Trust for Scotland, commercial garden centres and private gardens.

There are also options for self-employment due to the high demand for landscape gardening and grounds maintenance.

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