Writtle University College
Horticulture (level 4) CertHE
Writtle University College

Key Course Facts

Course Description

Why you should study Horticulture at WUC…

  • We have an unparalleled reputation in the horticulture industry for producing highly employable graduates who have the necessary attributes to succeed in a growing and dynamic industry.

  • Our horticulture courses are endorsed by the Chartered Institute of Horticulture.

  • We have respected teaching experts who engage with the industry to provide you with the latest knowledge and insight into horticultural practices.

  • You will be able to participate in industry visits as part of your course, including trips in the UK and overseas.

  • We provide a green environment with extensive landscape and plant collections for you to explore during your studies, as well as dedicated research glasshouses and laboratories to further your knowledge and research.

  • Our course content reflects our experience of teaching and supporting students from a diverse range of backgrounds.

  • You will be encouraged to access a range of scholarships, travel bursaries, internships and work placements in order to enrich your learning experience.

  • You will have the opportunity to explore the science of plants in a laboratory, the application of technology to horticulture, learn about the care of plants and help answer present and future challenges facing horticulturists in the 21st century.

  • You will be able to develop and enhance your own interests and specialism within horticulture as part of your course.

  • There is a strong emphasis on practical skills within our courses and this is demonstrated through a Writtle Skills Award which recognises your practical abilities and confidence in order to boost your employment prospects.

This Level 4 qualification would be attractive to people returning to education; combining work with part-time study; looking at a career change or for those wishing to study Horticulture and Professional Gardening at Higher Education level.

The course which leads to the Higher Certificate in Horticulture provides a good introduction to the Art and Science of professional gardening. Students learn not only the principles and practices of Horticulture, but also how plant function is supported by Biology and Horticultural Science. The course explores the life of the plant from propagation and production, through to establishment and maintenance. In parallel students consider the way plants grow, use water and absorb nutrients.

What You Will Learn

Programme content: As a student of Horticulture (level 4), CertHE you will study the following course modules.

Stage 1

Entry Requirements / Admissions

Minimum Required UCAS Tariff

48 UCAS tariff points, to include one GCE A level grade C or above A minimum of four GCSEs grade A*–C (9-4) including, English Language, Mathematics and Science

Qualification requirements

48 UCAS tariff points, to include 1 x B & 1 x C

Writtle University College welcomes applicants studying Access to HE Diploma courses. For more information please contact [email protected]

Total (IB) Diploma point score of 24 or more

48 UCAS tariff points, to include 2 x H4 (B3) higher

If you have any questions in relation to the entry criteria please email [email protected]

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 (level 4), CertHE.


Tuition Fees Horticulture (level 4) CertHE

England UK £9250 year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 year 1
Scotland £9250 year 1
Wales £9250 year 1
Channel Islands £9250 year 1
Ireland £9250 year 1
EU £12699 year 1
International £12699 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 Writtle University College

Writtle University College (WUC) is located in a natural setting near Chelmsford, where students can enrol in vocational subjects related to Animal Care, Agriculture, Equine study, and more. New students can expect a green campus specialised in animal and agricultural sciences, with the possibility of studying Part-time or as a part of their Short Courses or Certificates of Competence. .

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Where is this programme taught

Main Site - Writtle
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