FdSc Sustainable Horticulture Management

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During this course students will learn key business and financial management techniques, application of technological advancements and sustainable practices in horticultural enterprises. The diverse learning journey will be theoretical, practical and academic. Learners be able to apply the knowledge and skills learned to real life situations, evaluate contemporary approaches and address industry challenges. Students will interact with a wide range of national bodies and industry links and facilities including One Garden Brighton, Lambert Farm and Campus giving them a broad base of real-life experience and quality resources to draw upon in their future careers. 

Why choose us?

  1. Study the foundations of plant health and development.
  2. Learn how to grow plants in a sustainable way.
  3. Learn how to manage a thriving business.
  4. Analyse technological innovations.
  5. Evaluate sustainable practices.

Course details

Dates & Location

Next Intake September 2024

(Applications accepted from November 2023 onwards)


Full Time: 2 years, 2 days a week

Part Time: 4 years, 1 day a week

UCAS Details

UCAS code: P800

Entry Requirements

Applicants must be 18 or over on 1st September 

  • 5 GCSEs at Grade C or 4 including English Language and maths        
  • 2 A Levels including a science
  • Or an equivalent Level 3 qualification such as a BTEC Extended Diploma
  • Or International Baccalaureate 
  • Or Access to Higher Education diploma
  • UCAS points: 56

The course is designed for learners working in industry looking to upskill or new entrants. It is applicable to the diversity of the horticulture sub-sectors: production horticulture (both nursery stock and outdoors), amenity and sports turf, greenkeeping, public gardens and landscaping.


Student Support
The College’s Inclusive Learning and Development Department offers dedicated support for HE students, this can take the form of one-to-one support, exam access arrangements.  Students who have a learning disability are able to access support with making an application to the Disabled Students Allowance (DSA) from the College’s Inclusive Learning and Development Department.   

The Library boasts a collection of over 8,000 books, covering a range of key subject areas within land-based curriculum. The Library also provides students with access to a variety of magazines, periodicals and academic journals through online databases.  

Learning technology is central to the learning experience of students at Plumpton College and therefore is supported by dedicated staff within the College Teaching and Learning Team.  The responsibilities of this team are to help support students with learning technology to enhance the overall learning experience.   

Learning takes place through a combination of timetabled learning and independent study. Seminars enable you to discuss and develop your understanding of topics covered in lectures in smaller groups. You will also be able to meet your personal tutor. 

Class sizes 
Class sizes vary by module and all students will have opportunities for 1-to-1 time with their tutors.

Assessment methods are largely based on case studies and analysis of real-life situations, reports of workplace practices and presentations of evaluations of sustainable strategies. 

Future Opportunities

A Plumpton gradate will demonstrate the knowledge, skills and attributes to be successful in employment with the drive and enthusiasm for developing their professional role. Following the course graduates will be able to find employment or progress in exiting employment as managers of departments and enterprises and consultants in the horticulture sector. In addition, graduates will be able to progress to further academic studies.


Year 1 - Level 4 Modules

Modules include:

  • Understanding soils and plants for effective management (30 credits)
  • Industry investigation (15 credits)
  • Management of Practical Horticultural Operations (30 credits)
  • Introduction to Business Management (15 credits)
  • Data Driven Decision Making (15 credits)
  • Study and Research Skills (15 credits)

Year 2 - Level 5 Modules

Modules include:

  • Work Experience (30 credits)
  • Growing Systems, Optional Module (15 credits)
  • Natural Resource Management (15 credits)
  • Technological Integration in Horticulture, Optional Module (15 credits)
  • Applied Business and Marketing (15 credits)
  • Independent Enquiry (30 credits)
  • Horticultural Site Management (15 credits)

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