University of Greenwich
Horticulture (Commercial) FdSc
University of Greenwich

Course modalities offered

Key Course Facts

Course Description

The commercial horticulture foundation degree is both hands-on and theoretical, laying the groundwork for careers in plant science, sustainability, landscaping, and food crop or biofuel production.

Recognised by the Institute of Horticulture, this course enables you to specialise in an area of your choice: nursery production, fruit production, medicinal plant production or retail. With a mix of theory and practice, you'll develop skills in propagation, harvest and post-harvest care for a range of crops, from ornamentals to medicinal crops and fruit.

This course is hands-on, so you'll visit a range of sites, gardens and parks, building up your own network of contacts. You can also progress to our BSc Hons degree in commercial horticulture.

The course is offered by one of the university's partner colleges: Hadlow College in Kent.

What you should know about this course

  • Specialise in either nursery production, fruit production, medicinal plant production or retail

  • Benefit from a wide range of links with commercial nurseries, research institutes, organic producers, public and privately owned gardens as well as exposure to the retail world through our onsite garden centre

Student Reviews

Below you can see course specific reviews for 10 graduates of Horticulture (Commercial) FdSc at University of Greenwich for each of the survey questions in comparison to the average for all UK degree courses in Horticulture.

Overall student satisfaction
71 /100
10 total respondents

Primarily based on data from undergraduate degree students.

The NSS is commissioned by the Office for Students


Salary of all UK Graduates of Horticulture

  15 months after graduation 3 years after graduation 5 years after graduation
Median salary £23015 £18639 £21856
25-75 percentile range £18598 - £26742 £13955 - £25088 £16293 - £28734

What You Will Learn

Programme content: As a student of Horticulture (Commercial), FdSc you will study the following course modules.

Year 1

Year 2

Grading & Study Time

Assessment Methods

Study Time Distribution

On this course, on average*, students are assessed by: Coursework- 56% Exams- 40% Practical- 4% Students are assessed through a combination of course work, exams and practical assessment where relevant. Each course has formal assessments which count towards your grade. Some courses may also include 'practice' assignments, which help you monitor progress and do not count towards your final grade.

Entry Requirements / Admissions

Minimum Required UCAS Tariff

64 UCAS points made up from A levels, preferably one in Science based subject, or a relevant Level 3 vocational qualification.

UCAS Tariff of Accepted Students for this course

Qualification requirements

Life experiences are taken into account when considering applications.

Requirements for international students / English requirements

IELTS academic test score (similar tests may be accepted as well)

    • 6.5
    • Graduate Degrees
    • 6.0
    • Undergraduate Degrees
Do you not fulfill the minimum requirements in terms of UCAS score, A levels, or English language requirements?
Get advice on which foundation courses are best for you to still be able to join Horticulture (Commercial), FdSc.


Tuition Fees Horticulture (Commercial) FdSc

England UK £6165 year 1
Northern Ireland £6165 year 1
Scotland £6165 year 1
Wales £6165 year 1
EU £14500 year 1
International £14500 year 1

Additional fee information

These fees were set for the 2021/22 intake. Therefore, this may change for the 2022/23 academic year. Please follow this link for more information

The international fees for this course are not confirmed yet. Please email [email protected] for more information.

Average student cost of living in London

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:

  • Foundation

University Rankings

Positions of University of Greenwich in top UK and global rankings.

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About University of Greenwich

The University of Greenwich operates on government funding, and is based in London and Kent, England. The university’s main campus, the Old Royal Naval College, as well as its Avery Hill campus are located in the Royal Borough of Greenwich, in Greater London. Its satellite campus in Medway, Kent is part of a collaboration with the University of Kent.

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Where is this programme taught

Hadlow College
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