BSc (Hons) Horticulture with ...

Writtle University College
In Chelmsford

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Important information

Typology Bachelor's degree
Location Chelmsford
Duration 4 Years
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Chelmsford
  • Duration:
    4 Years

Where and when
Starts Location
On request
Lordships Road, CM1 3RR, Essex, England
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Starts On request
Lordships Road, CM1 3RR, Essex, England
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Course programme

BSc (Hons) Horticulture with ...

  • Art in the Environment - ART
  • Conservation Management - CON
  • Event Management - EVE
  • Garden Design - GAR
  • Marketing and Supply Chain Management - MAR
  • Wildlife Conservation - WIL
3 years FT or 4 years with industrial placement

Typical Offer:
UCAS Tariff Points

140 tariff points to include at least 80 tariff points from 6-unit (GCE A-Level/VCE A-Level) and/or 12-unit awards (VCE A-Level). A maximum of 20 tariff points will be counted from Key Skills

BTEC National Diploma

OCR National Extended Diploma (18 Units)

Irish Leaving Certificate

Scottish Highers
190 - 240 points

International Baccalaureate
24 points

Course Content Courses in Horticulture allow students to combine the theoretical principles underlying plant cultivation, with the practical and vocational skills associated with the horticultural industry.

This course is one of the most popular, because it enables students to choose a mixture of modular pathways to meet both their general needs and specific personal interests. This flexibility appeals to the majority of students, who are perhaps undecided about which sector of the industry they wish to enter.

In nearly all the horticultural programmes there is a common a first year programme designed to provide a sound academic platform for higher level study. After the first year students can approach the course in two ways.

Students can choose to either focus on a prescribed and coherent pathway of modules, or to undertake a mixture of modules to qualify in a broader subject base. By retaining a general approach to Horticulture, students can demonstrate to a future employer, flexibility in both scientific and practical skills, as well as a blend of science and contextualised management.

Combined Awards in Horticulture

By combining the major award of Horticulture with a minor award from another programme, Horticulture can be studied with other subjects such as Event Management, Business Management, Conservation Management and Marketing and Supply Chain Management.

Defined Pathways

Alternatively students can elect to follow defined subject Pathways:

Art in the Environment A creative approach to interpreting the environment through the application of art and design as a medium of expression and communication, considering a range of cultures, and the needs of the individual and community.

Conservation Management Students studying this minor will develop and become equipped with an understanding enabling effective management of a broad range of landscapes and ecosystems. There is a focus on habitat management, protection and restoration, and students will be able to appreciate issues in respect of the design and implementation of habitat management practices. Strategies to address the threat of climate change on biodiversity will be considered along with dynamic approaches to ecological management. Specialised modules include: Landscapes & Ecosystems, Principles of Habitat Management, Climate Change & Biodiversity and Protected Area Mgt

Event Management This series of modules has been developed in response to the growth of event management as a subject in its own right, within the business discipline of operations management. There are an increasing number of companies who specialise in the planning and execution of events, while other organizations have teams who organize regular events to supplement the organization's revenues, as well as for promotional reasons. These events can vary in size, including local, regional, national and international events, the most prominent of which will be the 2012 Olympics in London. Events also vary tremendously in type, including business conferences and corporate events, sporting events, festivals, cultural and artistic events, celebrations, conventions and seasonal events.

Specialised modules for this Event Management Strand include; History, Development and Principles of Event Management, Planning and Running an Event, Types of Events and Contemporary Issues Within the Events Industry.

Garden Design This applied minor provides the essential tools to begin designing small and medium sized gardens. It aims to allow students to explore traditional and contemporary theories and encourages them to consider gardens in creative, imaginative and practical ways. The structure provides an interdisciplinary approach utilising an expanding design process supported by surveying, site analysis, form and function, design development, planting design theory and traditional drawing board graphics. There is an emphasis on appropriate vocational and applied skills to research, develop and graphically communicate garden design projects. The student experience is broadened in level 6 with self directed studies that reflect personal interests within garden design as well as researching the design of gardens within an historical context. Commencing with the acquisition and understanding of underlying principles and appropriate skills, students pursue a programme of staged development progressing to increasingly independent and personally focused learning.

Marketing & Supply Chain Management The 'with Marketing & Supply Chain Management' minor is designed for students with an interest in how to supply the customer with the right product at the right price, in the right place, at the right time. Marketing and supply chain management is crucial to the success of any business. Students will explore and develop the skills required to link the primary producer, processors, retailers and consumers.

This minor includes modules covering the development of markets, customer service and orientation, the management of the flow of goods into a supply chain and aspects of logistics and integration. On completion, students will be in a good position to pursue professional qualifications through the Chartered Institute of Purchasing & Supply (CIPS).

Wildlife Conservation This minor provides comprehensive training in modern wildlife management techniques and is designed to introduce key concepts of biodiversity, sustainability and environmental conservation. Students will develop a broad understanding of the scientific principles required for effective management of wildlife and comparisons are made between species and habitat conservation and the role of zoos and ecotourism are also discussed. Specialised modules include: Principles and Practice of Ecology, Principles of Habitat Management and Conservation and Biodiversity.

Industrial Placements Writtle has an extensive range of placements on offer and students are given comprehensive advice and support to ensure that they find a suitable placement. The majority of the placements are in paid employment but some students may choose to work for voluntary agencies. The industrial placement is optional on BSc programmes, but many students find that this is an invaluable experience. Each year a number of students choose to spend part or all of their placement abroad.
  • Horticulture Resources
  • Centre of Excellence for Horticulture

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