Cornwall College

BSc (Hons) Horticulture (Plant Science)

The Cornwall College Group offers a wide range of undergraduate courses across seven campuses throughout Cornwall and Devon, including Bicton College, Cornwall College, Duchy College and Falmouth Marine School. We offer specialist courses designed with employers and delivered by industry professionals. During your studies you will get the opportunity to work on live projects and start your career before you even graduate.

Course details

  • Year 1

  • Core modules

    • Plant Use in the Landscape (CORR159)

    • Applied Horticultural Practices (CORR161)

    • Soil Science and Plant Nutrition (CORC1273)

      This module focuses on the structure and chemistry of soil, its role as a rooting medium and the importance of soils for mineral nutrition in plant growth. 

    • Introduction to Botany (CORC1274)

      This module introduces the student to the basic metabolic and synthesis processes of living plant cells and looks at plant cell biology and how this determines the overall structure of the plant. 

    • Classification and Taxonomy (CORC1275)

      The module covers the various methods used to classify and name organisms. The evolution of life forms is revealed through taxonomic relationships and students are equipped with the skills to recognise the major types of life. Emphasis is placed on organisms that play a role in horticulture; from symbionts to pests and pathogens. 

    • Academic and Professional Skills in Sustainable Horticultural Development (CORC1281)

      The module will introduce and draw upon contemporary academic practice to help students prepare for higher education study. These skills will be contextualised through the introduction and review of the underpinning global sustainability goals and policy that will inform decisions on how society will build a better future for all. Professional and personal development are supported through tutorials and workshops focusing on transferable skills for study and employment. 

  • Year 2

  • Core modules

    • Research Methods (CORR2024)

    • Plant Production and Propagation (CORR2026)

    • Ethnobotany (CORR2029)

    • Plant Growth and Development (CORC2258)

      This module investigates the regulation of the growth and development of plants.  The regulation of growth and development by both internal and external environmental factors is discussed. The different mechanisms by which signalling factors are recognised and signals are transduced are contrasted and compared.  Physiological adaptations of plants to different environments are investigated. 

    • Plant Ecology (CORC2259)

      Plants play a key ecological role and form the primary producers of many ecosystems. Plant adaptations, distribution and responses to environmental stresses are investigated. Also considered are the interactions of plants with other organisms with emphasis on interactions with potential pathogens, pests and symbionts.  The ecological impact of climate change on plants and their interactions with other organisms is discussed. 

    • Plant Pathology (CORC2260)

      This module allows the student to research and familiarise themselves with the wide range of pests and disease a causing pathogens that affect plants. Methods of monitoring and predicting infestations and discussed and control measures are outlined.  The genetics and mechanisms of disease resistance is also examined. 

  • Final year

  • Core modules

    • Honours Project (CORR309)

    • The Contemporary Horticultural Environment (CORR310)

    • Advanced Ethnobotany (CORR313)

    • Sustainable Horticultural Enterprises (CORC3014)

      This module will allow the student to critically engage with and discuss issues around sustainability and enterprise management within the horticultural industry.  An understanding of sound business management approaches will be developed. Critical Analyses of good and best practise will be undertaken and external perceptions and drivers will be considered and discussed within the context of policy making and strategic prioritisation for businesses. 

    • Plant Conservation and Collections (CORC3016)

      Plant conservation is increasingly important as a means of reducing extinction rates amongst plant species.  This module looks at modern plant conservation and, in particular the importance of collections, methods of maintaining collections and implications for diversity of restricted gene pools. 

The modules shown for this course are those currently being studied by our students, or are proposed new modules. Please note that programme structures and individual modules are subject to amendment from time to time as part of the University’s curriculum enrichment programme and in line with changes in the University’s policies and requirements.

Fees, costs and funding

As this course is delivered by one of our partner colleges, please contact the college directly for information on fees and funding.

How to apply

All applications for undergraduate courses are made through UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service).
UCAS will ask for the information contained in the box at the top of this course page including the UCAS course code and the institution code.
To apply for this course and for more information about submitting an application including application deadline dates, please visit the UCAS website.

Our partnership with Cornwall College

The University of Plymouth has developed partnerships with institutions around the world with the sole purpose of making higher education more accessible to those people who need something just a little different.

Our Academic Partnerships enable students to enrol for a degree at a partnership institution closer to home, or engage in distance learning – even when they’re in the middle of the ocean. They are there for those people looking to return to education, or enhance their professional development. Full- or part-time; foundation degree to masters-level – we cater for a huge variety of needs and aspirations.

Many of our partners offer specialist degrees, unique facilities, and smaller class sizes at a competitive price. And as a student of two institutions, you get the best of both worlds; a supportive learning environment as part of a close-knit community, and a university-level qualification awarded by the University of Plymouth. You’ll enjoy not only the facilities and services your partnership institution provides, but also all of the additional support and resources you need from us, and you’ll automatically become a member of our Students’ Union, too.

We are continuing to grow the number of partner institutions and expand our academic community to new locations around the UK and overseas. Why not visit the Academic Partnerships page on our website for a full list of partners and for more details on studying with us?

One of our partners delivers this particular course – so please visit their website for full course details, entry requirements, tuition fees and information on what student life is like there. 

Open days

Partner college open days

This course is run at one of our partner colleges. Open days are held at the college and more details of these can be found on the college website. You'll find contact details below, on this page.

University of Plymouth open days

You are also very welcome to attend a University of Plymouth open day, to get a flavour of the courses you can progress to from a partner college. There will however be limited information on this specific course and college.

Studying with Cornwall College

Looking to study a specialist subject at university level? Want to do it in one of the most beautiful places in the world? Our wide range of courses gives you the chance to pick up the skills and experience you’ll need for your chosen profession.
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