Cornwall College
Horticulture (Plant Science) BSc (Hons)
Cornwall College

Course modalities offered

Key Course Facts

Course Description

Horticulture is a modern, professional vocation that influences our environment, how we eat, how we relax, our health, life expectancy and well-being. This programme is based at the world renowned Eden Project in Cornwall and has been designed specifically to allow you to explore many aspects of horticulture including applied science, crop production and sustainability. The programme will provide you with the skills and experience to prepare for an interesting, exciting and rewarding career which embraces tradition, technology and innovation.

Both the programme of study and the student experience are greatly enhanced through the collaboration between Cornwall College and the Eden Project. The range of resources including Eden’s own plant collections, growing environments, nursery and dedicated teaching facilities, coupled with the nationally renowned micro-propagation research facility, provide a world-class platform from which this exciting and stimulating programme will be delivered.

You will quickly become integrated within the Eden Project and, in addition to attending the carefully designed taught modules, will have the opportunity to apply, develop and reflect upon a wide range of practical skills by participating in activities in the tropical and Mediterranean biomes, the outdoor garden and nursery crop production facility. As well as benefiting from working alongside Eden’s skilled and specialist horticulturalists, you will also undertake a work placement within another commercial enterprise.

In the final year of your study you will undertake a piece of novel research, for which it is encouraged to make full use of the available facilities to explore industry-related issues, that will enhance your CV on successful completion of the course.

This unique combination of scientific study and practical opportunity set in an intellectually stimulating and friendly environment, will inspire you to develop a successful career in the future.


Salary of all UK Graduates of Plant Sciences

  15 months after graduation 3 years after graduation 5 years after graduation
Median salary £20889 £22050 £24843
25-75 percentile range £18444 - £23611 £15475 - £26225 £18343 - £30052

What You Will Learn

Programme content: As a student of Horticulture (Plant Science), BSc (Hons) you will study the following course modules.

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Grading & Study Time

Assessment Methods

Study Time Distribution

Entry Requirements / Admissions

Minimum Required UCAS Tariff

Qualification requirements

80 UCAS tariff points with at least 56 from A2 level

80 UCAS tariff points with at least 56 from Advanced Highers

45 credits at level 3 in an appropriate subject

In an appropriate subject

In an appropriate subject

Other level 3 qualifications will be considered. Mature applicants with relevant experience but without the stated qualifications will be considered individually and are encouraged to apply.

For applicants who require a visa to study in the UK, The Cornwall College Group does not have a visa sponsor licence and therefore unable to accept an application
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Tuition Fees Horticulture (Plant Science) BSc (Hons)

EU £9250 year 1
England UK £9250 year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 year 1
Scotland £9250 year 1
Wales £9250 year 1
International £9950 year 1
Channel Islands £9950 year 1

Average student cost of living in the UK

Rent £518
Water, gas electricity, internet (at home) £50
Supermarket shopping £81
Clothing £35
Eating out £33
Alcohol £27
Takeaways / food deliveries £30
Going out / entertainment (excl.alcohol, food) £24
Holidays and weekend trips £78
Transport within city £17
Self-care / sports £20
Stationary / books £13
Mobile phone / internet £13
Cable TV / streaming £7
Insurance £51
Other £95
Average student cost of living £1092

London costs approx 34% more than average, mainly due to rent being 67% higher than average of other cities. For students staying in student halls, costs of water, gas, electricity, wifi are generally included in the rental. Students in smaller cities where accommodation is in walking/biking distance transport costs tend to be significantly smaller.

How to apply

Application deadline:

January 1, 2024

This is the deadline for applications to be completed and sent for this course. If the university or college still has places available you can apply after this date, but your application is not guaranteed to be considered.

Possible Entry Points:

  • year 1 (Default entry point)

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About Cornwall College

Cornwall College (also known as the Cornwall College Group) is a further education group that operates from eight locations found across Cornwall and Devon. Collectively, the college group offers prospective students more than 2,000 vocational and technical qualifications, without including the access they provide to GCSE education and apprenticeship placements.

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Where is this programme taught

Eden Project
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