Designed in partnership with the Sector Skills Council Lantra, we offer a range of courses from Steps to work to College Certificate. This gives learners an internationally-recognised qualification that guarantees they have the skills, knowledge and abilities to continue into a horticulture role.
Learning is based at the Biblical Garden in Elgin which provides a first-class learning environment offering you practical hands-on experience in a working garden open to the public.
You can study full-time or part-time on a flexible basis from only 1 day per week:
- Skills for Work: Rural Skills National 4 (Horticulture Route)
- Horticulture - Practical: Steps to Work (SCQF Level 4)
- Horticulture - Practical (SCQF Level 5)
- Horticulture - Landscaping (SCQF Level 6)
- HNC Horticulture
The following courses are also available for those undertaking a Modern Apprenticeship:
- Horticulture (SCQF Level 5) Modern Apprenticeship
- Horticulture - Landscaping (SCQF Level 6) Modern Apprenticeship
A career in horticulture
- The landscaping industry is worth £3 billion per year
- Most positions require a qualification at craft level (SVQ 2)
- There is a shortage of highly qualified horticultural staff
- There is a range of job types including:
- Charity & voluntary
- Horticultural specialists
- Countryside, parks & open spaces
- Garden centres & nurseries
- Greenkeeping & turf care
- Grounds maintenance
- Local authorities
- Manufacturing & supplies
- Management & marketing
- Purchasing & sales
- Training & education
Where are our students now?
Julie-Ann gained her SVQ Level 3 Horticulture qualification in June 2013 and now runs her own business called Garden Rejuvenation. The business focuses on both garden maintenance and development with a huge emphasis on professionalism and customer care.
Since 2013 the business has grown and now employs two full time staff with the aim to employ an apprentice in the near future. Julie-Ann is very motivated and enthusiastic about the quality of her work and she looks for those abilities in her staff too.
Of her time at Moray College UHI, Julie-Ann says: “I was always interested in gardening and by chance saw that the college was running horticulture courses. By attending this course I gained the confidence to go out and start my own business and feel it is the best first step for a career in horticulture.”
The Biblical Garden in Elgin was created for the people of Moray in 1996. Using plants grown in Biblical times and sculptures of some of the Biblical characters, the garden helps to interpret the Biblical environment. Now an established visitor attraction and a practical training facility for Moray College UHI horticulture students, this unique space is described as a haven of peace that provides comfort, inspiration and education.
Friends of the Biblical Garden are a key partner maintaining the garden staying open. Their role also involves fundraising and planning events to attract visitors to the garden.