HND and BSc Hons in Horticulture with Plantsmanship

University of Glasgow LogoRBGE offers a unique opportunity to study 'Plantsmanship' at Higher National Diploma (HND) and Batchelor of Science (BSc Hons) levels.

The degree is taught in conjunction with the Scottish Agricultural College (SRUC) and awarded by The University of Glasgow.

About the course

'Plantsmanship' is an expertise in plant diversity and cultivation, but on our courses you will also gain a good understanding of other aspects of horticulture and applied plant science. This is achieved by integrating the practical experience of plant cultivation and management with advanced knowledge of plant distribution, classification, diversity, structure and identification. The course enables students to gain in-depth knowledge of a wide range of ornamental plants from around the world and makes full use of our superb botanical collections.

This HND/BSc is perfect for those wishing to develop a career in any area of horticulture that requires a good knowledge of plants. This would include botanic and private gardens, nurseries, retail outlets and garden design. As part of the course 1st year students are are issued with their own plot to cultivate and practice their horticultural skills.

Although it is possible to study to a similar level at other gardens, RBGE is the only botanic garden in the UK at which you can gain an internationally recognised higher education qualification.

Aim of the course

A group of student studying plants in a field The HND/BSc aims to "educate students in the specialism of Plantsmanship, within a botanic garden environment, and to raise the overall standard and status of Plantsmanship within the horticultural industry".

Course outline

The overall HND/BSc programme is four years long, but students can enter and exit the programme at the start of Years 1, 2 and 3:

Year and Exit Qualification:

  • Year 1 - Higher National Certificate (HNC)*
  • Year 2 - Higher National Diploma (HND)
  • Year 3 - BSc
  • Year 4 - BSc (Hons)

*Applications are NOT accepted for the HNC, but a HNC may be awarded if a student leaves the programme at the end of year one with all modules completed.

Entry requirements

The minimum entry requirements for the HND can be any of the following:

  • Four Highers (BBCC) or 3 A-levels (BCC) including a science.
  • or a National Diploma in a related topic
  • or an NVQ/SVQ at Level 3 in a related topic

Students over 21 years of age (i.e. ‘mature students') will be considered without formal qualifications.

The minimum entry requirements for the BSc can be any of the following:

  • Four Scottish Highers (BBCC) or three A-levels (BCC) passes, or equivalent, preferably including two science subjects.

* Applicants with a relevant HNC are encouraged to apply for year two of the HND/BSc and applicants with a relevant HND to apply for year three of the BSc.

Further information and application

Applications for full-time study on the HND and BSc must be made through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).

Course to be applied for and UCAS code

  • HND: entry into year 1 or 2 - code SRUC S01 454D Z HND/PHort
  • BSc: entry into year 1, 2, 3 or 4 - code SRUC S01 D4D7 Z BSc/HWP
  • Telephone +44 (0)870 1122211, Mon-Fri, 08.30am - 5.30pm (UK Time)
  • Address: UCAS Enquiries, Rosehill, New Barn Lane, Cheltenham. GL52 3LZ. UK.

If you are have an enquiry regarding admission to the HND/BSc, in the first instance please contact the Education Office at the Scottish Agricultural College, as they look after the admissions and applications process.

SAC Education Office, Peter Wilson Building, Kings Buildings, Edinburgh

Monday - Friday 8.45am - 5.00pm

Claire Morrison, Student Recruitment and Admissions Officer Telephone: 0131 535 4391 Email:

To contact us at the RBGE Education Office you can do so via our enquiry form (select 'Education') or directly using the contact details below.

Education Department
Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh
20A Inverleith Row
Telephone: 0131 248 2937

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