Horticulture with Plantsmanship

Scotland`s Rural College (SRUC)


Edinburgh Campus


Delivered jointly by SRUC and The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (RBGE), this course is strongly focused on ‘plantsmanship’ — the area of horticulture that covers knowledge of the diversity of plants and their cultivation.

It also provides a good understanding of other aspects of horticulture and plant science, integrating the management of plant collections with knowledge of plant distribution, classification, diversity, structure, identification, recognition and cultivation.

Year one consists of the HNC Horticulture. You'll have your own garden plot, and the opportunity to undertake extensive work experience in a range of garden sections at the Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh.

In year two, you'll choose and work on a specialist project in something that interests you, as well as specialising in subjects relating to the horticulture of botanic gardens.

Entry Requirements

2 Highers including a science subject plus English and Maths at National 5; or relevant national qualifications at SCQF Level 6.

Progression Routes

Degree programme

Start Date




Study Method

Part time (day)

Course Length

4 years


Horticulture and Landscaping

SCQF Level



Career Sectors


Aquaculture and Fishing

Arboriculture and Forestry

Earth Studies

Environmental and Rural Resource Management

Environmental Services

Horticulture and Landscaping

Work with Animals