Organic Gardening and Permaculture NQ Level 5

What is special about this course?

This highly practical course introduces you to the principles and practices of Organic Gardening and Permaculture systems and will equip you with a range of practical skills. 

This course is ideal for anyone who would like to improve their skills for gardening at home, improve their wellbeing through horticulture or who are considering starting a career in horticulture and would like an introduction to basic horticultural skills. 

This is a practical course delivered face to face in the wonderful surroundings of Mount Stuart Gardens on the Isle of Bute. 


Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements, just an enthusiasm for gardening. 

The course consists of four units:

  • Organic Gardening and Permaculture – learn the basic principles of organics and permaculture and how to have an environmentally friendly garden
  • Horticultural Machinery – Maintenance and use of lawn mowers, strimmers, hedge trimmers and more
  • Plant Propagation – produce plants from seed, cuttings, division, layering and more!)
  • Home and Allotment Gardening – how to plan crop rotations and produce beautiful fruit and veg and prune your fruit bushed and trees


No specialist equipment required but if you have a favourite pair of secateurs you like to use please bring them with you.

How will I study my course?

  • Part Time

This is a practical course delivered face to face at Mount Stuart House, Isle of Bute.


How long will my course last?

17 Weeks

Where can I study my course?

    • Rothesay Learning Centre

Start date


The course will run on Tuesdays, 9am - 4pm


The fee for this course is £344.

If you are on a low income or in receipt of certain benefits may receive a fee waiver. Please refer to page 2 of our Fees and Funding Guide to see if you are eligible. You can download a FEE WAIVER FORM here.  If you would like help or advice on fee waiver, please contact your nearest learning centre.

If you do not qualify for a fee waiver, you may be able to apply for an Individual Training Account (ITA) to cover up to £200 the cost of this course.

This course is not available to students who require a Tier 4 Home Office visa to study in Scotland (international or EU).

What can I do on completion of my course?

When you’ve successfully completed this course, you can move on to study at a higher level with courses such as: 

  • NPA Horticulture 
  • NC Horticulture 
  • HNC Horticulture 
  • HND Horticulture 

Employment options in this sector could include gardening work or applying to work at a garden centre, nursery, market garden or horticultural charity.

Is there more information available online?

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We were delighted that our gardening and horticulture short courses were so popular last year and are pleased to be able to offer an extra course for the coming year to allow students to progress their studies and widen their horticultural knowledge and improve their skills in the wonderful setting of Mount Stuart House.

Amber Crowley, Curriculum Lead for Horticulture

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