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Urban horticulture is certainly a relevant topic at the moment. As the health benefits of urban green spaces are being acknowledged and understood, there’s been a global push to invest in the improvement of urban areas through the use of plants.

Equally, with the population rapidly growing, it’s becoming more important to be able to sustainably produce food at a local level. Consequently, a large number of organisations across local, national and international levels are looking for individuals who are well-skilled in this demanding area. 

What does the course cover?

Unique to the UK, this course is set to train future managers and technicians in the practice of horticulture in urban areas. You’ll develop a strong awareness of the scientific basis of horticulture. Plus you’ll gain essential practical experience; invaluable to your future career. You’ll have two main options to study, depending on your preference – either urban garden design or urban crop production, which can both be easily transferred to any horticultural setting.     

Links to industry 

We’ve developed strong links with Kew at Wakehurst Place, the Royal Horticultural Society, regional growers who can demonstrate multi-million pound growing technology, local authority horticulture departments plus an extensive range of small, high quality businesses who successfully operate in the region as well.     

Entry Requirements:

Typical entry requirements are 2 A-levels (grade D) or L3 Extended Diploma (PMM) or IB (min 26 points)


Full-time: 2 years

Part-time: 4 years

UCAS Details:

The UCAS code for this course is K340


With a superb variety of facilities, we've got extensively planted areas which will ensure you receive a broad experience in plant identification and plant maintenance. You'll get to discover our endangered plant collections of Black Poplars and National Collection of Hebes. These give us links with Kew Gardens plus the endangered plant network. You'll have the opportunity to intensively grow edible and ornamental plants under our large glass area. This also includes our aquaponics unit; designed to grow crops for fish production - an example of sustainable food production in an urban environment. If you're looking to develop your practical brickwork and paving skills, you'll also enjoy our large landscaping centre. Plus we've got great design facilities with the latest Vectorworks software.

Future Opportunities

Horticulturalists are massively in demand - at a local, national and international level. So you’ll have the enviable position of having a wide range of rewarding opportunities when you graduate. You could choose to work within the edible production industry, as an estate garden manager, horticultural advisor in the private or public sector, or in the ornamental production industry.

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