University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI)


UHI Argyll, UHI Inverness, UHI Moray, UHI North, West and Hebrides, UHI Perth, Virtual Learning Environment (VLE)


The HNC Horticulture has been designed by our subject specialists to provide you with an engaging and comprehensive introduction into the world of commercial horticulture and landscape.

The course structure enables you to learn by working on projects, as you would in real life, and the content reflects a broad range of contemporary topics. The number of assessments has been considered so that you can spend more time learning. You will be taught by experienced horticulture lecturers with real world experience: the teaching team includes specialists in conservation and the environment, as well as an award-winning garden designer.

Throughout the course you will be introduced to areas of specialism and develop an understanding of the evolving nature of horticultural science and the exciting range of career possibilities. You’ll gain practical and theoretical knowledge which will prepare you for employment at craft level in this diverse industry.

Entry Requirements

1 Higher; or NC Horticulture.

For some optional modules you will require a satisfactory criminal record check from Disclosure Scotland to show that you are suitable for this type of course. Contact Disclosure Scotland for details on the type you would need.

Start Date




Study Method

Part time (day)

Course Length

2 years


Science and Environment

SCQF Level



Career Sectors


Aquaculture and Fishing

Arboriculture and Horticulture

Earth Studies

Environmental and Rural Resource Management

Environmental Services


Work with Animals