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Foundation Degree in Horticulture

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Course Duration

Full-time: 2 years, Part-time: 4 years

Course Location

Greenmount Campus

Foundation Degree in Horticulture

The Foundation Degree (FdSc) in Horticulture is validated by Ulster University. It is an ideal qualification for those wishing to progress their career towards management or technical roles in the horticulture industry.

Course content

Modules (Level 4:Year 1)

  • Applied horticultural science
  • Horticultural business processes and communication
  • Horticultural principles and practices
  • Production management - ornamental crops
  • Technology and mechanisation in horticulture
  • Turf culture principles and practices

Modules (Level 5:Year 2)

  • Applied business management
  • Applied design
  • Estate management
  • Production management - edible crops
  • Professional work placement
Work placement

The compulsory ten week professional work-based learning placement allows students to develop technical and commercial expertise. This work placement is completed in semester two of the second year of the course. Part-time students in horticultural employment can normally complete the work placement as part of their regular job, this is discussed on an individual basis.

Course Progression

Students may have the opportunity to apply for entry on to relevant Honours Degree courses including the BSc (Hons) Degree in Horticulture at CAFRE which will require one year full-time or two years part-time further study.

A wide range of exciting careers are open to horticulture graduates within the landscape, sportsturf, production, retail, environmental and social horticulture sectors with the additional option of self-employment.

Fees and funding support

Tuition fees for 2022 entry are £2,550. For more information about fees and funding support click here.

Course Entry Requirements

Applicants should normally have at least 48 UCAS tariff points at A2 Level plus four appropriate GCSEs or equivalent, including English Language and Mathematics at Grade C or above.

Students with a Level 3 Advanced Technical Extended Diploma / Extended Diploma in Horticulture with Merit will be considered.

All applicants must also have achieved four GCSE subjects at Grade C, including English and Mathematics. Equivalent qualifications to GCSE will be considered.

For part-time applicants who fall short of the UCAS entry requirements, current industry role, relevant industry experience and qualifications may be taken into account. For some modules it may be possible for applicants to apply for Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL).

In addition to meeting the course entry requirements applicants must also meet the General Entrance Requirements for Ulster University

For other qualifications, please consult the UCAS website Tariff Tables. For those applying with Irish Leaving Certificate qualifications please refer to the Tariff Tables, Section 3 – International Qualifications where equivalent qualifications are listed in alphabetical order.

To apply to this course please follow this link to the UCAS website

UCAS Course Code

Institution code: A45 Course code: D415

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      Tiernan Kelly

      Tiernan Kelly

      "A qualification in Horticulture will help you find employment anywhere in the world. I worked in Australia developing a range of skills, from planting native trees through to managing wild flora and irrigation systems. Different climates pose horticulturalists different challenges, but the science remains the same."

      David Dowd

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      David Dowd
      Senior Lecturer (Horticulture)



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