Cornwall College

FdSc Horticulture

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

    • 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.

    • Applied Horticultural Practices (CORR130)

      A practical module that looks at the main skills required by a horticulturalist such identification, ground preparation and propagation.

    • Botany and Plant Physiology (CORR146)

      This module will enable the student to research and understand all the processes and roles of plant tissues in healthy plant growth and development.

    • Soil Science and Plant Nutrition (CORR147)

      This module focuses on the role of soil as a rooting medium and the importance of mineral nutrients in plant growth.

    Optional modules

    • Sustainable Farming and Growing Principles, Standards, Systems and Methods (CORR101)

    • Sustainable Land Management and Conservation (CORR102)

    • Ethnobotany and Sustainable Development (CORR111)

      Ethnobotany is the study of plants used by specific cultures for a number of reasons. It draws upon studies of botany, anthropology, photochemistry, sociology, medicine as well as agriculture.

    • Biogeography and Plant Environment Interactions (CORR148)

      This provide students with an understanding of plant interaction with their environment and climatic constraints to their distribution.

    • Landscape Design (FHOR105)

      This module introduces students to the principles of Landscape design with specific reference to Garden / Domestic Design. It develops the skills required to evaluate a site and produce design plans for its future development.

    • Plant Use in Design (FHOR106)

      This module develops design skills to create style and atmosphere within a garden/landscape situation using plants.

    • Horticultural Technologies (FHOR109)

    • International Horticulture (FHOR110)

    • Mechanisation and Crop Establishment (FHOR112)

    • Organic and Low Input Production (FHOR113)

  • Final year

  • Core modules

    • Research Project (CORR2000B)

      The opportunity to carry out an individual piece of research or survey work, with the support of teaching staff. The module commences with a series of sessions covering project design and appropriate data analysis techniques.

    • Crop Protection (CORR2009)

      This module allows the student to research and familiarise themselves with the wide range of pests, diseases and other pathogens that affect plants in order to be able to predict infestations and formulate control measures.

    • Plant Taxonomy, Classification and Genetics (FHOR200)

      The Module covers the various methods used to classify and name plants. It coves the evolution of plant forms and flower structures and leads onto genetics and the breeding of new cultivars.

    Optional modules

    • Plant Conservation and Collections (CORR201)

      Plant conservation is increasing 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.

    • Ornamental Nursery Stock Production (CORR2010)

      A review of the containerised and open group production of plants within the Hardy Ornamental Nursery Stock Industry (HONS).

    • Planning Organic and/or Low-Input Crop Production (CORR202)

    • Marketing Horticultural Products (CORR203)

    • Landscape Studies (CORR211)

      The History of Landscape Design from 1500 to the present day, documenting the main design movements and the noted designers of each period. The influence design has had on land and garden management and the current practice of design restoration and management.

    • Applied Landscape Construction (CORR212)

      This module allows the opportunity for students to apply the knowledge gained in Landscape Construction.

    • Mainstream and Alternative Cropping (CORR213)

      This module is designed to develop the student's understanding of conventional production techniques of traditionally grown crops, and investigate new merging crops and production cycles.

    • Garden and Landscape History (FHOR201)

      This module examines concepts in the development of garden and landscape from the past to the present day. It links to a consideration of conservation in restoration and individual styles both personal and regional (local and international).

    • Business Management (FHOR202)

    • Ecology (FHOR203)

      An introduction to the concept of ecological process and factors that aims to generate environmental awareness within a horticultural framework.

    • Advanced Ethno-Botany and Land Use Policy (FHOR208)

      This module builds on the introduction to ethno-botany studied at stage 1 as well as investigating land use policy.

    • Data Analysis and Research Methods (FHOR209)

      This module is designed to develop the student's knowledge of application of statistics to the planning and analysis of biological experiments.

    • Crop Maintenance and Harvesting (FHOR212)

    • Landscape and Amenity Management (FHOR215)

    • Domestic Production and Markets (FHOR216)

    • Hunters and Collectors: History of Plant Collection, Naming and Classification (FHOR231)

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

Progression routes

Completing this course enables you to progress onto these related courses and programmes with the University of Plymouth at level 5 or level 6, as specifically defined by this programme’s progression agreement.

For further information, including the progression from foundation degree form, please visit

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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