Horticulture NC

What is special about this course?

Whether you simply want to improve your skills in the garden or are considering a career horticulture, this highly practical course will equip you with all the essentials you need to succeed.  

Starting with the basics, this course will give you a broad introduction to horticulture and landscaping. You will build confidence in your gardening abilities. You’ll learn from the very best, with some of our lecturers renowned for their achievements, such as winning medals at Gardening Scotland and The RHS Chelsea Flower Show! 

As part of the course, you’ll undertake practical work one day a week. We will use the Horticultural facilities at our Stornoway campus.  You will need to make your own arrangements for travel and accommodation (if required) when attending practical days.  The theory elements of the course will be taught via online learning.

Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements for this course however we recommend that you have a passion for working in the great outdoors and don’t mind getting your hands dirty!  


Subject 1 – Soils and Horticultural Machinery 

Units: Soils and Growing Media in Horticulture and Horticultural Machinery: Operation and Maintenance 

Subject 2 – Botany and Plant Protection 

Units: Basic Botany, Plant Nutrition and Plant Husbandry: Common Disorders 


Subject 1 – Garden Design and Heritage Gardening 

Units: Garden Design and Heritage Gardening 

Subject 2 – Workplace Skills 

Units: Skills for Customer Care: An Introduction and Work Placement 


Subject 1 – Propagation and Production of Ornamental Crops 

Units: Vegetative Propagation, Bedding Plant Production, Protected Crop Production: Crop Plants 

Subject 2 – Propagation and Production of Vegetable Crops 

Units: Home and Allotment Gardening, Plant Production from Seed 


Subject 1 – Planting Design and Plant Identification 

Units: Plantsmanship, Soft Landscaping: An Introduction and Plant Identification 

Subject 2 – Garden Maintenance and Enterprise for Business Start-Up 

Units: Planting and Maintenance and Enterprise Activity 


Your bursary (for full time students) will cover the costs of personal protective clothing which will be supplied at the start of the course.  

Other equipment will be provided as required though the year. 

How will I study my course?

  • Full Time
  • Short course

Full Time and part time options available

Your course will generally be a mix of scheduled connected learning time, and flexible learning time. You need to commit to both, but you can choose when to complete flexible learning to fit around work, caring and personal commitments.   

This practical course will be taught in four seasonal blocks. There will be a mix of in-person tuition for practical elements and scheduled time in an online classroom.   

Your classes will be scheduled for 3 days per week. Your timetable will fluctuate during the course to take advantage of daylight hours for practical sessions. 

Part time students can choose to study any subject area from any seasonal block/s. 

**Students MUST attend practical days (each Friday in 2023) in Stornoway.

How long will my course last?

9 Months


Part Time: 2 academic years 

Where can I study my course?

    • UHI Outer Hebrides
    • UHI Outer Hebrides (Stornoway Campus)

    Please note, UHI Outer Hebrides will be changing its name to UHI North, West and Hebrides in August 2023. This will not impact on your choice of course or how and where you will study.

Start date

23rd January 2023


For Scottish domiciled students who meet the required eligibility criteria, if you are studying this course full time you may get your course fees paid in full, if you are studying this course part time the cost is £78.75 per 40 hour, single credit. If your application is assessed at non-Scottish domiciled then your fees will differ.

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We are delighted that you are thinking about studying at UHI Outer Hebrides. Please note, UHI Outer Hebrides will be changing its name to UHI North, West and Hebrides in August 2023. This will not impact on your choice of course or how and where you will study. UHI Outer Hebrides operates a fair and open admissions system committed to equality of opportunity and non-discrimination. We consider all applications on merit and on the basis of ability to achieve, without discrimination on grounds of age, disability, gender identity, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity status, race, religion and/or belief, sex, sexual orientation or socio-economic background. We welcome applications from all prospective students and aim to provide appropriate and efficient services to students with disabilities.