Cornwall College

FdSc Heritage and Botanical Collections

The Cornwall College Group offers a wide range of undergraduate programmes across eight 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 Propagation, Production and Research (CORB1001)

      This module allows students to investigate and understand a range of recognised propagation techniques to develop their understanding of the research process that underpins contemporary plant production practice.

    • Soil and Plant Science (CORB1002)

      The functions of plants and their relationships with soil are an important part of horticulture. This module will provide the knowledge to understand these and their wider importance to plant health and distribution.

    • Plant Identification and Ecology (CORB1003)

      The identification and use of plants as well as their role in the environment is a key skill in horticulture and widely valued by employers. This module will equip students with this knowledge and the concept of ecological processes and factors that drive the evolution of biodiversity

    • The Evolution of Garden Plant Collections and Landscapes (CORB1004)

      This module examines the development of gardens and landscapes from the past to the present day. It considers the influence of fashion, conservation and restoration on the evolution of the managed landscape and explores how this may appear in the future given the need to work sustainably in a changing environment.

    • Heritage and Botanical Collections in Practice I (CORB1008)

      The module allows the students undertake a period of work not less than 80 hours within estate enterprises. Prior to commencing work students will complete a reflective portfolio with regard to their own skills and employability status

    • Personal and Employability Skills Development (CORC1013C)

      This module is designed to equip students with the necessary knowledge and skills to develop themselves in terms of their personal and employability skills.

  • Final year

  • Core modules

    • Garden Resource Management (CORB2001)

      This module develops the student skills in gardens and landscapes management. Students will be able to apply the knowledge and understanding to manage gardens and landscapes as a resource and to understand the complexities of how this is achieved sustainably

    • Managing the Visitor Experience (CORB2002)

      This module examines the means by which custodians of plant collections and landscapes balance the needs of visitors with the mission of the specific organisation and how the facilities and resources are used by a range of stakeholders including the public and professional.

    • Contemporary Issues in Botanical Gardens and Landscapes (CORB2003)

      To critically examine a selected topic within the genre of managing plant collections and the Landscape approved by the module leader and from this, generate questions or suggestions for further study that will progress understanding, innovation and development of new knowledge including Global Strategy in Plant Conservation and Convention of Biodiversity.

    • Research Project (CORB2004)

      This module allows students to select a topic for examination, to undertake a review of the literature on the subject and a conduct a detailed original investigation.

    • Heritage and Botanical Collections in Practice II (CORB2010)

      The module allows the students undertake a period of work not less than 80 hours within estate enterprises. Prior to commencing work students will complete a reflective portfolio with regard to their own skills and employability status.

    • Habitat and Species Management (CORD2051)

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.

In light of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the changeable nature of the situation and any updates to government guidance, we may need to make further, last minute adjustments to how we deliver our teaching and learning on some or all of our programmes, at any time during the academic year. We want to reassure you that even if we do have to adjust the way in which we teach our programmes, we will be working to maintain the quality of the student learning experience and learning outcomes at all times.
Fees, costs and funding

The UK is no longer part of the European Union. EU applicants should refer to our Brexit information to understand the implications.

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.

Support is also available to overseas students applying to the University from our International Office via our how to apply webpage or email

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.

Find out more about studying at Cornwall College