Horticulture and Agriculture

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There are many levels of study available depending on whether you're just starting out or are currently working in an horticulture or agriculture setting and want to increase your skillset

So you're interested in a career in the land-based industries? Great choice! Did you know...

  • The land-based sector is diverse, employing around 121,000 people in Scotland across 17 different industries such as Agriculture, Horticulture, and Forestry – all cornerstones of the Argyll landscapes
  • 21,000 people are currently employed as gardeners and landscapers in Scotland
  • 8% of Scotland’s workforce is employed in land-based industries
  • Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing sector dominates the Argyll economy, accounting for a staggering 20% of the region’s businesses
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Horticulture NC

This highly practical NC course will give you a broad introduction to the study of horticulture and will equip you with the essential skills required for a career in horticulture and landscaping.

The course has two pathways and you can choose to study either Landscaping or Plant-Based horticulture.  You will be asked to select one of these during your interview.

If you enjoy being creative, getting outdoors, and working in a team, then this could be an ideal course for you.

  • Where? Arran, Campbeltown, Dunoon, Islay, Lochgilphead, Oban, Rothesay
  • Full-time or Part-time? Both available
  • Want to find out more? Visit the course page
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Horticulture HNC

The HNC Horticulture is designed to provide students with a broad knowledge of horticulture and landscape and to develop – at a practical level – an understanding of the characteristics, growth and use of plants.

The course will be delivered by very experienced horticulture tutors and an award-winning garden designer.

  • Where? Arran, Campbeltown, Dunoon, Islay, Lochgilphead, Oban, Rothesay
  • Full-time or Part-time? Both available
  • Want to find out more? Visit the course page
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Horticulture HND

The HND Horticulture will develop your skills in plant and crop physiology and breeding, planting design, soil management and landscape surveying, as well as experience in the care, maintenance and management of plants. You will also have the opportunity to gain experience in ecology and plant habitat conservation.

  • Where? Arran, Campbeltown, Dunoon, Helensburgh, Islay, Lochgilphead, Oban, Rothesay
  • Full-time or Part-time? Both available
  • Want to find out more? Visit the course page
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Agriculture NC

The course will introduce the following areas: 1. Livestock Husbandry, Health and Welfare 2. Livestock Reproduction and Digestive Systems 3. Tractor Operations and Attachments 4. Farm Maintenance Skills 5. Soils and Fertility 6. Grassland Production 7. Dairy Production 8. Calf Rearing Systems 9. Forage Crop Production 10. Crop Production 11. Accident and Emergency Procedures 12. Agricultural Environmental Awareness

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Agriculture HNC

Subjects include:

Arable crop production, Crop protection and harvesting mechanisation, Environmental awareness, Farm power, Grass and fodder crop production, Information technology: applications software 1, Livestock breeding, Livestock growth, health and welfare, Livestock husbandry and recording, Livestock production systems, Soils and crop establishment, Agriculture: graded unit 1.

  • Where? Campbeltown, Dunoon, Lochgilphead, Oban, Rothesay
  • Full-time or Part-time? Both available
  • Want to find out more? Visit the course page
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To make sure our students gain the practical experience they need, our agriculture students benefit from hands-on work experience at Rhoin Farm, Campbeltown and horticulture students work with a range of community gardens throughout Argyll.