FdSc Horticulture Commercial


UCAS Institution

H03 (Hadlow College)


DK17 H FdSc/H


Foundation Degree


2 years, full-time


2 or 3 days a week in class, plus up-to 2 days self study.

UCAS Offer

48 points

Places on Course



Hadlow Main Site


The University of Greenwich

UCAS Points are made up from A Levels, preferably one in a science based subject, or a relevant Level 3 vocational qualification. All applicants should also have a GCSE Grade C or above in English, Maths and Science.

If you are interested in this course, but you don't have the necessary entry criteria, you may be eligible for our Access to Higher Education .

More Information

Programme Manager: Alan Harvey

Please note that all programme specifications and course modules are subject to annual change.

Programme Structure

The FdSc programme is delivered alongside the BSc Horticulture course, with the following structure:

Programme Overview

The aim of this Foundation Degree is to offer an opportunity for students to study at a higher level in either nursery production, medicinal crop production, fruit production or retail nursery.  The outstanding horticultural background of the College underpins this course and provides graduates with a high level of technical understanding and a solid scientific foundation.

Graduates are prepared for a wide range of career opportunities; focusing on the theoretical and practical aspects of horticultural practices:  Specifically these include:

- Propagation and Growing On
- Harvest and Post Harvest Care
- Medicinal Crops and Fruit
- Machinery
- Soil Science
- Pests and Diseases

This programme provides a high quality and broad technical and scientific basis to horticulture ensuring that graduates are not restricted in their eventual choice of career.  This degree enables graduates to move into the many career paths which are found within the field of horticulture, or to progress to the final year of the BSc (Hons) Horticulture, or a similar degree programme.

Why Choose Hadlow?

Hadlow College offers an experience which delivers the high level theory required to work in the horticulture industry, combined with practical skills and real life experience, recognised by industry, as well as a range of outstanding resources to support teaching and learning.  

Students who undertake a degree in Horticulture will benefit from a unique level of training in horticultural techniques and plantsmanship.  Horticultural skills developed are remarkable in their depth of know and the time taken on this course to build practical skills and some specialist techniques such as pollarding and grafting. 

How you will learn:

You will attend a range of lectures, seminars, practical sessions, small group tutorials, trips and visits, utilising the outstanding resources, both on and off site.  Hadlow College students can take advantage of the extensive specialist resources on their doorstep
The Broadview Complex, comprising commercial Garden Centre and Specialist Gardens – open to the
Real life experience using our huge specialist facility on
site, with extensive grounds, working gardens and national collections of plants
Court Lane Commercial Nursery
A huge campus with extensive grounds and a wide range of specimens

This programme has been designed to provide a number of contact teaching and assessment hours (lectures, tutorial, laboratory work, projects, examinations etc.).  All programmes are designed with 2 hours of independent study required for every hour of contact time which equates to approximately 35 hours per week in total.

How you will be assessed:

Assessments are varied and reflect the module outcomes. There are both written and practical assignments, opportunities to work on innovative project work, plus some units are assessed through examinations, which take place in January and May each academic year.

Support and constructive feedback is provided by academic members of staff to help improve in all aspects of your learning.

How Much will this Degree Cost?

See our Fees and Funding Page for the most up to date information