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 and is suitable if you have the motivation and experience to further extend your skills such as project development, resource management and garden design. Through this course you will gain 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 a business in the horticulture industry.

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

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 BBDD or above OR
  • A relevant SCQF Level 5 course or equivalent.
  • Applications are encouraged from prospective students without the standard entry requirements as listed above.

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 the National Trust for Scotland Gardens.  


You are required to purchase essential books and equipment to undertake this course (approx. £60). If you are eligible for a bursary these costs will be covered.

How will I study my course?

  • Full Time
  • Part Time

You will study through a combination of face-to-face practical classes at the Biblical Garden and remote learning, where some lectures and sessions are timetabled remotely via our Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), 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 (3 days per week) 

Part time: 2 years

Part time: 1 year option to study SVQ element of this course if already employed in a horticulture environment.

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

  • HNC (Next Gen) 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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